The sun is shining, the cicadas are singing and the garden is looking a little shaggy in that end of summer start of autumn way. I did a bit of tidying up last week, but there is a lot more to do before the cooler weather comes. Anyway, here are six things from the garden. A big 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.
To start with this week, three different nasturtiums. I think the first one if my favourite with its pale yellow petals and contrasting dark red splashes. I am hoping for a few more over the next few weeks, and of course will start collecting the seeds for pickling.
This week’s herbs are rue, a bit of one of the curry plants and the tarragon (again). I’m using some of the tarragon tonight in a dressing for a green bean salad.
Now to surprises…I can see that the saffron crocuses are coming up again (will I get flowers this year?), but what are these? It is autumn. Then there are these marigolds. I found a packet of out of date seeds a while back and just emptied them out with no hope of much success but there are a few little flowers on plants that I should have thinned out, but the pot is in an out of the way place and had been ignored a bit.
For no particular reason, other than all the plants have had a big spurt of growth in the last few months, one of the mahonia. Love them or loathe them, they grow well here. I was also at a loss for a sixth item today!
So to this week’s pictures of the Japanese anemones. I think they are absolutely gorgeous, with their pink petals and soft shapes.
Finally, some insect visitors. What I have now correctly identified as a katydid on one of the sunflowers, a bee enjoying the lemon bergamot and a cabbage white butterfly on a sunflower.
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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