Six on Saturday 07.05.22

It is already May, so we are well into autumn down here in the Southern Hemisphere. We have been having fantastic weather, with a good amount of sunshine, a little rain (we will need some more soon..and indeed the forecast is for rain on Monday) and often no need for a coat. Lovely! Anyway, time for Six on Saturday when The Propagator 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.

I’m starting this week with, yes, the tecomanthe speciosa or Three King’s Vine. This year has been a bumper year for flowers, whether it was the warm summer or something else I don’t know, but they are really at their peak just now. I just love this plant as you might guess! Wish I know who planted it as I would say thank you.

At number two, what may well be the last nasturtium this season, and what a stunner it is too I am sure you will agree.

My bulb order finally arrived, complete with a note (wishing me to enjoy – I am sure I will). I limited myself to two more tulips, some hyacinths to grow in glasses and eventually place along the living room window (all going well of course…can’t remember when I last tried this) and, for some reason, a bag of mixed miniature daffodils. Anyway, guess what I am doing tomorrow?

And so to one of the spots of colour in the garden at the moment, the bright, yellow of the mahonia. Again, a great display this year and looking forward to the berries appearing later.

Another spot of colour are these gorgeous red berries on a bush that sits on the ‘up steps’ as we call them beside the house. They look so cheery and somehow seasonally appropriate. I believe it is some sort of cotoneaster.

And finally, the camellias which are looking stunning. There is a whole ‘wall’ of them at the moment bringing a smile to our faces every day – see the featured image.

So, 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. You have some gorgeous colour in your garden! Love the colours, and the Mahonia looks particularly vibrant! I only bought two varieties of Daffodils this year, one being Jet Fire, which I have seen featured in other bloggers gardens. I planted them out into pots today. I must make a start on sowing Calendulas soon!

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      1. The Jet Fire were a little more expensive, but I was determined to have some, and I’m pleased I bought them. A few years ago I successfully grew calendula and had a sunny looking spring garden with the added bonus of harvesting all the many flowers to make calendula oil! My Calendula oil supply has dwindled and I need to make some more. I had better get cracking and sow the seeds!


  2. How lovely to have an autumn like yours and everything in the garden is looking great. Lovely camellias and mahonia. Looking at the red berry bush I was wondering whether it might be a Viburnum? Can you recall what the flowers are like? It’s very beautiful.

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  3. Your camelias are looking good, some of ours are not flowering yet. The flowers on the Three King’s Vine are very pretty, lovely that someone can plant something and it is enjoyed by others.
    Happy planting, the bulbs I bought are waiting!

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  4. Gorgeous! I love a good nasty – I typically save seeds from red ones, but never really know if that gets me more red ones, as there are plenty that self seed. I lobe the round leaves, and the variety of color. I grow nasties with variegated leaves, which is kind of fun. Still to early in Wisconsin for such color and beauty. My violets are finally beginning to bloom and threatening to overwhelm my garden – give them an inch…

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      1. The variety I have is called Tip-Top Alaska. They tend to stay more compact – some varieties of nasturtium have almost a vining tendency that is great for hanging baskets, but not always convenient when grown in a vegetable garden.


  5. What a stunning nasturtium to finish the season. (You may have noticed that I have constant nasturtium envy. 😡😬🙄) The Three Kings continues to look good, as does the mahonia.

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  6. Beautiful, all. And good luck with your bulbs in glasses. I can’t wait to see the results.

    Finally, I very much appreciate your wish to thank the person who planted the Three Kings Vine. That’s a lovely thought: imagining the gardeners who came before us and those who will inherit our work.

    I thank the people who planted our magnificent tree canopy — and thanks to my son Nate, we’ve added three more for future generations!


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