Here we are – 2022 – and happy new year to all SoSers out there across the globe. It is summer here of course, and we have been blessed with lots of sunny weather – which has had its consequences in the garden, both positive and negative. Anyway, 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.
We went off up to glorious Hawke’s Bay for a few days after the new year, as some of you might have seen in the last three posts (lots of pictures of beaches if you feel you need to see some sunshine). There was beach sitting, wine drinking and book reading…and weather forecast checking as it got to over 30C back at home. The terrace in front of the house gets particularly hot, so I was wondering how my plants were getting on. On getting home, before I even unpacked the bags, I was out checking to see what damage, if any had been done. There had been a little rain, so it wasn’t nearly bad as I thought. One of the sage plants succumbed, but I have cut it right back and will see if any new growth appears. The parsley looked sad, but has improved with a little judicious trimming and watering. Meanwhile, the agapanthus, of course, still look fine. Hmmm……
I was particularly pleased to see the dahlias hadn’t suffered too much. Lots of brown leaves which I have been removing, and one sad looking flower on the Art Fair. The three pictures in the middle are Happy Cream (two pictures taken before we left on holiday) and Pablo, which came into flower while we were away.
At number three, the gorgeous purple flowers on the hostas (one peeping through the stalks of the agapanthus).
Over to herb corner, and before we left on holiday I bought this lavender boysenberry which is supposed to be long flowering and heat resistant – not so sure about that! Anyway, after a good watering the pineapple sage came back to life, and there are flowers on one of the thymes that I guess I should pick to make some flavoured vinegar. The lemon bergamot has produced these very pretty pink/purple flowers.
Next up, the last of the alstroemerias, and lots of seed heads appearing. It was a lovely display again this year, adding some gorgeous colour to the side of the house.
Let’s end the post with a couple of nasturtiums. There are lots more to come – hopefully – judging by what I can see – at least I hope so as need to make more ‘capers’ (if Fred can remind me of his recipe – I remember putting them in salt first?).
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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