Six on Saturday 18.12.21

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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  1. I am basking in your lovely summer’s day. A bud is almost as good as a flower and they will still be flowering in January I am sure. I’m looking forward to seeing them. As a big salvia fan, I am drooling over the blue black or was it black blue. Happy Christmas to you and yours, have a good one x

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  2. Your ‘Lemon Balm’ is called Lemon Verbena here Aloysia citrodora. We also do have Lemon Balm which indeed has a soapy flavour. I use Lemon Verbena all year round, fresh of course during the summer. Young leaves cut fine and sprinkled over fresh fruits like Mango is quite magical, also I dry it and have it as a tea all through the winter. There are many recipes using it and I would recommend it in baking. But of course it may not be to your taste. Seeing your summer garden at Christmas is such a different to view to the one I have out my window at the moment. A very Happy Christmas to you.

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  3. Lovely to see all your herbs looking so fresh whilst mine are sulking. My lemon verbena suffered last winter, but eventually came back. I am now dithering whether to cut it back or wait until the spring. The variegated marjoram is very tempting.
    “Nadelek Lowen ha Bledhen Nowydh Da” 🤶🏻 xx

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  4. Wow!, Dahlias and height of summer Alstroemerias and a couple of weeks ago you were still on Camellias. Everything happens much faster in the growing season; garden time has practically stopped here.

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    1. Parts of the ‘garden’ look like a jungle at the moment! We back onto bush that isn’t cultivated as well (and yet I can walk to work in 25 minutes – very Wellington).


  5. It’s hard to believe it will be 2022 next weekend! I also have salvia black and blue flowering, inside the house. I don’t know whether it will make it to spring but I thought it was worth a shot.

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  6. Pretty, pretty, especially the salvia. Last summer we, too, had noisy neighbors who were adding on to their home. That’s the way it goes. Can’t build without making a sound and a fury. 😉

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  7. Grannysgardenhimindoors and I have spent over an hour trying to reply to your post but WordPress has been stopping us! Anyway, if this works, it is lovely to see your nasturtiums again. Your herbs look good and your summer colours really cheer me up since we have had several misty, damp, gloomy days. Happy Christmas.

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    1. WordPress has been playing silly so and sos recently again. Or rather, when using Safari instead of Chrome….anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment! Hope you and the family have a wonderful Christmas!


  8. My sage is flowering, I’m loving the purple flowers but the parsley has just gone to seed. I can’t believe how hot its been lately. We were in Whangarei yesterday and it was 30.

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