Six on Saturday 19.02.22

It is still summer, with warm days and t-shirts, but the mornings are definitely getting darker, and there are signs of the gingko in the Botanic Gardens turning to its golden autumn hues. Autumn is, I guess, just around the corner, but let’s enjoy the summer while we can. The cicadas are particularly noisy at the moment, so as long as they keep going we know the days are warm and relatively long. 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 this week, the Japanese anemones. More are opening and gracing the garden with their elegant pink petals. I’ve spotted white ones in the Botanic Gardens, but the ones beside the house are all pink.

At number two, herb corner. There are flowers on the oregano, that I will pick and make some flavoured vinegar with, lots of tarragon (chicken is on the menu this week), and the rosemary plants are growing a pace at the moment and one at least needs re-potting into a bigger pot.

And now to the bad…and my dahlias…which although no longer being attached by insects, are suffering from powdery mildew. Given the humidity and long spells of dry weather, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. There never seems to be time to get to the garden centre to get some fungus spray, but maybe we can head that way tomorrow after our lunch time meeting.

Meanwhile, the sunflowers are bringing great joy, with their joyful colour and interesting shapes.

At number five, more karaka berries. This native evergreen may look pretty, but as I mentioned last week, the berries are very poisonous for dogs.

Finally, a nasturtium of course, also seen in the featured image at the top of the post.

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. Japanese anemones are one of the signs of approaching autumn… You can still enjoy beautiful sunny days. I didn’t know the karaka berries and I will google to learn more

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  2. That’s a gloriously rich-coloured nasturtium, maybe a truer red than normally seen? Lovely to see your japanese anemones starting into flower. They give such a long lasting show and are so airy and delicate. I’ve got white ones in my garden, but I must get some pink too.

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