Greetings from a rather grey and damp Wellington today. A good Scots word to describe the weather is ‘dreich’ – if you want to know how to pronounce it, follow this link. Things are growing, weeds as well, but actually there is not much new to report. Anyway, here are my six on this first Saturday in November. Thanks to The Propagator who encourages us to share what is going on in our gardens in all parts of the world. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in. Photos taken on Wednesday, Friday and early Saturday morning.
I’m going to start with something you have seen before, and that is the bright, red flowers on the pineapple sage. Another set of blooms have just appeared, and just sparkle when you look out of the window and see a bright spot of red.
I realise I feature the same herbs more or less every week, which is because these are the most photogenic. My straggly tarragon which does provide just enough for cooking is not that pretty. I have a couple of really good thyme, which don’t photograph well with my phone, two oregano plants which are also frequently used and good quantities of parsley, mint and chives. Below though are the pretty plants – the chocolate mint, the variegated sage and the lemon balm.
The Mexican orange blossom or Choisya Ternata is still looking – and smelling – gorgeous. I love this bush and the flowers. Such a lovely thing to have in the garden.
At number four….signs of the new dahlias and the first bud has appeared on the plant I grew last season. I squealed with delight, causing my dear husband to wonder what was going on, but I am sure you all understand why I cried out in joy! Now…keep your fingers crossed that these continue to grow….
At number five…yes that camellia again. We managed to get someone to trim back part of it to give more light to the decking, but to cut back any more is going to need an expert. Meanwhile, here is one of the many buds still to be seen, and a recent flower.
Finally, warm (mostly) and damp weather means there are parts of the garden that now look like a jungle, though at least the alstroemeria will flower and look lovely. The hostas are also looking promising.
That is my six this week, and as usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. Hope you are all well and enjoying your gardens in whatever the season is with you.
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