Six on Saturday 15.01.21

Another lovely, sunny day here in Wellington. We have both been enjoying a final week of holiday, with some of that time spent out in the garden, though quite often reading rather than attending to the plants I do confess. Anyway, 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, all this warm weather and just enough rain has meant that the garden around the house has become a jungle. The man who comes to do all the hard work cutting lots of things back with the right tools is recovering from an operation, and although I’ve been out and done a bit, but it doesn’t look like I have! And I need to dig up and get rid of those agapanthus somehow too, but we are surrounded by them on the steps both up and down to the house, so I think it will be a losing battle.

Next up, the dahlias. I can see lots of buds on a couple of plants, and the pot dahlia Pablo is now in full flower. Something has been enjoying eating the ‘what will be very pretty’ pot dahlia Bellini. I have been so enjoying my dahlias this season.

And so to herb corner part one. I needed dill for a potato salad, and picked up this plant in the supermarket. I took it out of its plastic ‘tube’ and this is what happened. There is enough for the salad, but I don’t think I will be bothered to plant it out, do you? Meanwhile, the pot basil from the supermarket looks quite perky, and hopefully will keep me supplied with leaves for most of the summer

And so to herb corner part 2, with the still very attractive lemon bergamot (with, yes, a late camellia in the background), the beauty of the borage in flower and good to see the curry plants are thriving since I repotted them.

There are still a few alstroemerias in bloom, but really they are in their last days. As I was attempting to tidy up a bit, I noticed these white tufts, which are, I am afraid the eggs of the vine hopper, a real pain in the garden. I do have a good product to get rid of them, but there will be some in inaccessible places I know.

But let’s end with a glimpse of the sunflower that is to come. There are some marigolds on their way, a lot more nasturtiums (the one in the featured image is not the same one as last week but is in the same pot!) and hopefully some cornflowers though I haven’t seen any sign of them yet.

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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  1. Looking forward to seeing the Sunflower in flower! The Bergamot and Borage look lovely.
    Could it be earwigs on the Dahlia? I don’t know if you get them in your part of the world, but they’re rather partial to Dahlia petals here in the UK.

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  2. What a lovely garden – mine has also turned into a jungle after some rain and the heat! Despite weeding and doing some pruning it hardly looks as if I have done anything!

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  3. If you want some gel to get rid of your agapanthus, ask us! We have that in stock here today!… Vine hoppers are unknown to me. Fortunately….

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  4. Digging up those agapanthus! Oh no, I’d love to have too many of those. How lovely to see beautiful summer flowers and blue skies. Sorry to hear about the vine hoppers which sound very evil! Good luck with controlling them

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  5. I am loving the greenery and flowers in your garden. Here in the US in East Tennessee it has been cold with some snow. So everything here is bare and colorless. I love marigolds they are my favorite and I can’t wait to see the sunflower. Thanks for sharing your garden.

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  6. It’s so exciting when there are a lot of buds it’s like a surprise waiting to happen. Exciting garden it’s all looking so great. We have had a lot more bug problems with the tropical weather we’ve been getting. Have a fantastic week ahead.
    I hope your area didn’t have too big seas from the volcano in the ocean.

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  7. It is indeed a topsy turvey world where Agapanthus is considered a weed, and I find it amusing that one person’s precious plant can be another’s ‘to dig out’ plants. Lovely to see your summery garden,

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  8. Yippee! Nasturtiums! Beautiful, sunny post and lovely dahlias. I’m really hoping this will work, WordPress are still being difficult. I do comment every week but usually without success. Here goes…fingers crossed!

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