Yesterday in New Zealand, Matariki was celebrated for the first time as a national public holiday. Matariki signals the start of the new year in the Māori lunar calendar, and is timed with the first sighting of the Pleiades star cluster. It is supposed to be a time of reflection and a time to share food with friends and family, though as this is the first year it is a public holiday, I think a lot of people are still finding out what Matariki means. Anyway, today 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.
Matariki also signals a time to start planning and preparing for the spring garden. Well, there are all sorts of ‘mixed messages’ going on in our winter garden, with some parts still thinking it is autumn, and some spring already. At least the mahonia is showing its seasonal berries, though not quite that distinctive blue colour yet.
However, other parts of the garden don’t seem to know what season it is, such as this little dahlia bloom. Luckily where we live we don’t get winter frosts, but I don’t expect it will last long, even though it is lovely to see of course. I guess too the weather has not been that cold, other than a very chilly snap earlier in the week. Even so, I did not expect to see this.
After saying the nasturtiums were at an end…at least twice…these two popped up. Again, lovely to see and I won’t pull up the plants just yet as who knows what may come.
And so to the camellias, with the small white flower bush looking gorgeous, and lots of flowers still on the pink bush in front of the house. I wish I knew who planted these as they are quite lovely.
Meanwhile at the back of the house, the camellia with the big, blousy flowers is covered with blooms and buds. As I only have my iPhone to take pictures I can’t get that close to give you a better idea of just how gorgeous these are. If you look closely at the middle picture below, you will see two large white flowers that have just bloomed this week. Hopefully there will be some more I can try and get a better picture next week, but at the moment that is the best I can do. You will see in the last picture below the buds on the magnolia (again, look carefully). The featured image at the top of the post is what we see when we arrive home – a glorious sight I am sure you agree.
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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