It has been a gorgeous, sunny, summer day here, with bright blue skies, buzzing bees…and the sounds of noisy outside DIY going on at a neighbour’s house. To be fair, they are doing some really nice renovations to the outside of the house and are keen gardeners, so they are forgiven. The weather has not been as good for most of this week though, with some torrential rain falling, floods in some places, and some really humid days. Still, today is lovely for what will be the last Six on Saturday for 2021, given next week is Christmas Day. Many 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.
First up, dahlia news, and there are buds now on all four plants, with last year’s already flowering. I had hoped to show you at least one more plant in flower, but it is not to be unfortunately. I might pop pictures up on Instagram or the Thistles and Kiwis Facebook page if I get some good blooms or hopefully on 1 January 2022 (what a thought!).
Next up, herb corner, this week featuring the variegated marjoram again because I love it, the lemon verbena because it has grown apace and I love the smell and, not really a herb, but edible, a ripe wild strawberry again during the week eaten by me before any bird spotted it. I bought another basil plant in the supermarket today – let’s see what happens with this one!
At number three, nasturtium time. This one is in flower, more are popping up, hopefully some more interesting varieties too. I had a great success with them last year so hope to again this year.
Next up, another picture of the salvia blue black because it really is beautiful. It is in my line of vision too from the table at which I am writing.
In amongst the alstroemeria, the hostas are coming into flower. I’m in the ‘like’ hostas camp, and am always glad to see them on display. Meanwhile, the hymenocallis has yet to produce buds, and I suspect that the pot it is in may be a bit too small this year.
Finally, naturally at this time of the year, a host of golden alstroemeria. Not a lot more to say about these really!
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, and may you all have a wonderful festive season and see you in 2022.
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