Six on Saturday 20.08.22

Can it actually be raining again? Yes it can, with floods in Nelson and other parts of the country. It is still winter, but the temperatures are hovering around the 17C mark during the day here, and Auckland airport recorded it warmest winter night temperature on record. Meanwhile, the rain keeps falling and falling. The forecast is for dry weather and more seasonable temperatures next week – well, will believe it when I see it! 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.

This week is starting with something not exactly in the garden, but very close. Sometime between our Saturday morning bread delivery and me heading off to Pilates, there was a landslip which is blocking our access to the street below (where our car is parked and the main pathway to the house). Goodness knows when this will be cleared as there are slips all over the city, but in the meantime it is a major inconvenience as we have to use the ‘up stairs’ which are, let’s face it, not the easiest. Still, we aren’t experiencing the dreadful floods in other parts of the country or some of the worse slips in the city.

So to nicer things, starting with the daffodils, which are really popping up all over the place. The first white bloom is now open (just an about to open bud below) and there are more to come. Lots of Jet Fire around which really turn up trumps every year.

A couple of weeks ago I reported on the hyacinth in glasses and here is the one that succeeded just about to come into full flower. It is such a gorgeous colour.

At number four, a soggy muscari. It is still a pretty colour but I really have to think if I will keep these for next year.

At number five, another picture of the mahonia berries. Due to the weather, I can’t really get out for photos or gardening, but these are close to the house as you can see. I can report at least that the first flowers are appearing on the magnolia – hopefully pictures next week.

Finally, this week’s pictures of the hellebores, covered with rain of course. If you can see the featured image at the top of the post, there is another one there too.

That’s all from me folks for 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. It has perked me end to see your spring flowers. You must be bakers!!!!! Professional or Amateur? I love the stuff, and indulge in dough play at every opportunity, but have not had to deal with land slips. Hope the season settles down for you.

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  2. What terrible images of these landslips in New Zealand! You have too much rain and we have not enough. The only advantage is that it gives you pretty pictures with small water droplets like the one on daffodils and hellebores for example

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  3. Lovely shots of your spring flowers in the rain! You haven’t sent us enough rain yet, can we have more please? Love the hellwbores, one of my favourite flowers.

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    1. Yes I follow a woman who lives on Svalbard near the North Pole and she was commenting on the amount of grass they have had this summer up there. Climate change deniers can’t remain like that for much longer surely?

      A picture of the bread delivery will be in Monday’s post 🙂


    1. I think we will have to wait a while too…we aren’t really stuck, but there the logistics of getting to the car, how to get our rubbish out to be collected etc are going to take some thinking! The hyacinth and daffodils cheer me up!

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    1. I don’t think I have ever seen so much rain over such an extended period! I’m heading over your way soon to visit my brother in Vancouver actually. The landslip is a great inconvenience, but at least no-one was hurt.


  4. Oh dear, we are having difficult weather but not landslips. I hope things improve for you soon. Meanwhile, your daffodils are lovely and a proper coloured hyacinth. You could try pulling out all your muscari, but, like forget-me-nots, they will keep coming back.

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  5. crazy weather forecasters tell me – it’s not going to rain, but it will be cloudy with some pockets of sun (Akld) and then just when I’ve got the washing on the rotary clothesline, down comes the rain…however, somewhere it must have cleared up, I was deep in a book – because I managed to get a fair bit in…


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