Six on Saturday 06.08.22

There have been strong winds, there has been rain and there has been sunshine this week. There are also definite signs of spring popping up all over the place to gladden the heart and bring a smile to our faces. Winter in Wellington is never extreme, and while the city is know for being windy, it isn’t nearly as bad as people make out (at least for those of us who originate in Northern Europe!). 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, look what greeted me on coming home from work on Tuesday? Two more miniature iris! What a joy to behold as I really thought the single one that popped up was going to be it.

Then on Friday, I was welcomed by this little beauty. You can see there are lots more to come so I make no apologies for “daffodil spam” in the weeks to come.

At number three, I spotted these little muscari popping up. I have had very little success with these over the years, and just left these alone in a pot and yet here they are again.

As I was writing this post, I was watching a tui enjoying the camellia in front of the house. I also enjoyed them too on yet another grey and damp Saturday. There is so much to do out in the garden – do you think if I booked a day off the sun might shine? Hmmmmm……

At number five, the hellebores, which really don’t need any words, their beauty says it all.

Finally, the buds on the magnolia, which you can just get an impression of against today’s grey skies. I’m looking forward to the flowers in the weeks to come.

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. The iris reticulata are among my favourite early spring bulbs, but I find most don’t reliably reappear so I need to put in an order for some new ones this year. I’m leaving my muscari in their pots too so shall see how they fare next spring.

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  2. Watching your impending Spring makes me feel trepidation for my impending Autumn that will march inexorably to Winter. Of course it is ridiculously hot here today, and so sticky you could cut the air with a knife. Heavy rain tonight and tomorrow, but sunny and beautiful on Tuesday, which is perfect for the outdoor concert that our local band has planned.

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