Six on Saturday 12.02.22

It’s been some week here in Wellington….anti-vaxxers on the lawn outside Parliament (you should see the damage they have done to the lawn….), humid weather that caused our neighbour to say it was like being in Auckland, sunshine, grey skies, rain and the tale end of cyclone Dovi on its way…some bright spark said all we needed was an earthquake….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.

So yes the weather is at number one this week. There is a weather warning in place, and it certainly has been raining a lot again. That is two Saturdays now I have reported from a wet Wellington, though we have had sunshine too this week!

At number two, a few more Japanese anemones have popped up. I’m afraid these will be featuring here for a few more weeks but you have to admit they are really pretty.

At number three, kawakawa. The female plants produce long berries at this time of the year which turn orange when they are ripe. These ones below are at the back of the house, and there is a male plant at the front. You can eat them and they have a peppery taste, but can leave the mouth feeling numb. Local tea blenders tLeafT have teas with kawakawa.

Also at the back of the house is a karaka tree. These orange berries are poisonous to dogs, but look very pretty hanging on the tree (but could not get a decent picture).

Next up, some herbs in the rain – the tarragon which is doing really well just now and the variegated sage again, really because I liked the picture. I actually think I am going to ‘Marie Kondo’ all my pots and have a serious think about what I want to grow. But…I need a few dry days to let me get out there and decide what brings me joy!

Finally, this week’s nasturtiums, from the bright orange to the dark red to an oddball variegated. I love them all.

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. Nice nasturtiums this week. I hope the pack of seeds I have bought bring me as much success. I might actually start them indoors rather than direct sow, to give them a chance against all the self-seeded orange ones!

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  2. I like your term of Marie Kondoing your pots! I felt she gave me permission to get rid of all the plants I don’t like, but also really appreciate the ones I like and keep.

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  3. Love nasturtium in any format and colour.
    Pretty breezy here in my part of Aucks this morning, light rain, no sun, no blue sky…a weird kind of light. But not humid, as cyclone Dovi has lost its tropical add-on.

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      1. It’s probably rained a lot here, but I’ve been lost in books, reading…early evening and the sky is blue again, fading sunlight and the cicadas


  4. Hope this works! There is an interesting combination of plants we see in our hemisphere and those native to your hemisphere. We certainly don’t see kawakawa or karaka here! Lovely finishing pictures!

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