Six on Saturday 28.05.22

It is already the end of May, and you can really feel the autumnal chill in the air. Today was a glorious sunny day, one of those days of this season that calls for a long walk followed by a steaming mug of hot chocolate (or whatever takes your fancy). My walk was only to Pilates this morning, but it was glorious in the Botanic Gardens at 9am. Anyway, it is 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.

Nothing much new this week I am afraid. First up, these gorgeous red berries again against the bright blue sky. I love the colours that even on a grey day pop out greet us coming home.

Next up, the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings Vine reaches the end of its flowering season. As I have mentioned, and as you may have seen, it has been glorious this year, a joy to behold.

So to herb corner, and I have new flowers on two of the lavender plants, the oregano plants are looking good and the pineapple sage has sprung back to life and smelling good.

So the mahonia. and you can really see the berries beginning to form on the plant by the house, with flowers still to be seen on the plant beside the steps, which is more in the shade. I’m looking forward to seeing the distinctive blue berries soon.

The camellias are really coming on apace, with buds on all the bushes, and the white flowers now coming into bloom. I need to go to the camellia walk area in the Botanic Gardens soon for a good look at their collection.

Finally spotted today…the signs of another of those dark almost black nasturtiums, Black Velvet.

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. Oh, I love camellias. They are in full flower over here too, but in our area it’s necessary to have the perfect spot, and I don’t have one. I have to admire from afar!

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  2. I’m sure that my Mahonia is just thinking about berries and it flowered several months ago. I would expect it to be half a year away from you, but it shows how the seasons vary in the world.

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  3. As Fred says, the lavender hedge here is just beginning to show all the buds ready for an onslaught of bees, I hope. I’m looking forward to seeing the mahonia berries and, of course, that dark nasturtium in flower.🙂

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