Six on Saturday 11.06.22

There has been only one topic of conversation this week – yes, you’ve guessed it, the weather. A spectacular thunder storm during the day on Thursday resulted in mini power outages, more storms at night and on Friday, and so to today with sunshine but still a fair bit of wind. As you can imagine, zero gardening has been done and even taking photographs has been a bit of an effort, so I am afraid nothing new this week. I was hoping to take some more pictures today, but it is just too windy and guess what…plants don’t stay still in the breezes. 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.

First up, after saying with confidence that there would be no more nasturtiums for now, lo and behold this bud showed its face. The picture was taken indoors (it is in a pot in case you are wondering) so I could capture it without being blown about. I hope it survives!

So to the mahonia again, and this week’s progress with the berries. I had wanted to do a usual ‘herb corner’ but that will have to wait so at number two we have these berries again.

And so to the camellias…and I am cheating a bit and showing three different ones, starting wth the white ones at the side of the house. I only have my iPhone camera, but hope you get the idea that the bush is covered in buds and there are flowers popping up all over.

At the back of the house, the large, blousy pink flowers shine out against the sky, whether it be grey or blue (picture taken at 12 noon today when we had some sun). I just wish I could get a bit closer for a better picture.

So to camellia three, the one at the front of the house, that we can almost touch from the upstairs windows. There are lots of flowers, lots of buds and lots of slippy petals on the steps. The camellia at the top of the post in the featured image is from the bush we share with the neighbours.

Finally, what is growing…lavender flowers are appearing, some early signs of daffodils and other bulbs (see Wednesday’s post for confirmation this is normal), some of the herbs are looking good such as the pineapple sage, the thymes and the oregano. Then there is this – a bud on a dahlia. What is that all about? Mind you, as Facebook reminded me, a few years ago we were about to set off for Scotland, and the temperature here was 17C and there it was 16C…

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.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistlesandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on


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