Six on Saturday 16.07.22

We have been released from isolation, but the recovery from Covid carries on. With sunny weather forecast for tomorrow again, I hope I can get out and get some weeding and tidying up done outside, but will see what my energy levels are like. Even 15 minutes would make a difference out there. 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.

While parts of Europe are experiencing very hot temperatures the southern hemisphere is of course experiencing winter. We’ve had some pretty grotty weather this week, so actually being stuck in the house hasn’t been too bad. There was a lot of wind earlier in the week, and the decking ended up being covered in twigs and branches. At least there was no major damage. And yes, the sun shone the next day.

I thought I might do a week with no camellias, but decided not to, because they are lovely and they bring me such joy, especially when we were in isolation. Here is one from the front of the house and the ones at the back – but you are familiar with these now.

There are lots of signs of bulbs peeping up, tulips, daffodils and something I am not sure about….anyway, it really feels like spring is not far away (and in fact there are daffodils already in bloom in the Botanic Gardens). And yes – you can see I need to do some weeding!

At number four, this week’s update on the mahonia berries. The top picture was taken on Wednesday, the one below on Friday. Next week….we will see!

There are more berries to be found on the well established bushes around the house, adding lovely pops of red adding even more colour to our winter garden.

Finally, hellebore progress. I managed to get a picture of one by more or less lying on the ground…don’t say I don’t take SoS seriously!

That’s all from me folks from this week. 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. Lovely to see your winter flowers, I wish we could have some of your cooler temperatures at the moment! Camelllias and hellebores are two of my favourites, I feel cooler just looking at them!

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  2. Isolation is tough … not sure how long it will take us to mentally recover from COVID. I know I was traumatised by it all … and I have withdrawn into myself.

    I have always wanted a Camelia but can’t recall seeing them here. Of course they must sell them but as you say they are beautiful.

    Hang in there.

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  3. Having almost reached the end of a serious bout of ‘flu, I can empathise with your low energy levels – I was unable to finish weeding a garden bed yesterday and felt about 105 when I woke this morning! Your garden still has a lot to offer by way of colour.

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