Six on Saturday 13.08.22

This week has really felt like winter, with chilly days and cold nights, lots and lots more rain (to the point where it felt like it would never stop) and then today – cold yes but bright blue skies and sunshine. And it looks like warmer temperatures will return from next week too – hoorah! At least we don’t get that evil white stuff called snow in Wellington (well…it did once in 2011…see here). 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.

So first up, seasonal favourite, the hellebores. I managed to crouch down for one of the pictures as you will see, otherwise just enjoy these gorgeous flowers as they are.

Moving on to the mahonia berries, which as you can see have turned to their beautiful dark blue. They really look lovely in real life, against the pale blue-grey of the house. I have yet to try one though – they are supposed to be quite sharp and need sweetening – if I do I will let you know! If any of you out there have tried, do let me know.

The buds on the magnolia are really beginning to show now. Quite a few of the magnolias in the Botanic Gardens are already flowering, so it won’t be long now until ours is blooming.

There are still quite a few camellias about – these are the big, blousy ones close on the other side of the paved area from the magnolia. Lots of buds can still be seen on the bush in front of the house, which always flowers the longest.

Lots of bulb action going on – these tulips for example. The hyacinth in a glass experiment has produced one soon to flower bulb, the other two I have just stuck in a pot and if they come up, they come up.

Finally, daffodils. There are definitely some Jet Fire there, but not sure of the others. There are definitely more to come too – more daffodil spam on its way! You can see the results of the rain on the featured image at the top of the post.

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’ll be ordering mine soon for planting this autumn! Hellebores are one of my favourites too, can’t have too many of them!

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  2. I love (love) the feature photo. The close-up (and composition) invites stories: a grief comforted? a prima ballerina? architectural columns and ornament?

    I will enjoy welcoming spring with you (love the hellebores!). We are getting a rare and lovely whiff of autumn here in Washington DC — our most beautiful time of year. Thanks to you, I’ll have spring and fall at the same time!

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    1. A prima ballerina I think! I love daffodils – they are happy flowers I think, maybe because they mean spring and new life and beginnings.

      Yes – we can all enjoy multiple seasons thanks to the blogging community!

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  3. I have just emptied my bulb pots ready for next year’s planting, though I have yet to decide on what I want to buy. I have left some of the smaller bulbs in their pots to see if they come back next year, but I definitely need some new tulips and perhaps iris reticulata.

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    1. Oh yes do get iris and see what happens! I think I am going to get rid of all my muscari as this year they are even tinier and more sad looking than ever. I might start again…or go for something else.

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  4. I wonder whether the mahonia berries would be better stewed with some sugar as many sharp fruits are. Anyway, lovely, spring flowers.
    PS. You would think there would be a way to share out the sun and the rain more fairly on this planet. 🤔

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    1. It is still winter here of course in the Southern Hemisphere with spring just around the corner. The first year we were here I found it strange to be planting bulbs at Easter rather than seeing the flowers!


  5. Beautiful 🌸🌼 spring does look like it’s on the way!


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