What a glorious sunny spring day it is today! And what a change to the weather earlier this week, which saw a flutter of snow on the hills around the city, and ‘July like’ falls in the South Island. Today, at least here, it was nice enough to sit outside with my afternoon cup of tea, enjoying the warmth of the sun. 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.
The good weather today at least gave me time to do some tidying up outside, and found I have a lot of pots to put things in for the next season. I do, however, need to have a bit of a think about this before I buy 24 geraniums and find I have nowhere to put them. Anyway, it also gave me a chance to appreciate my three lavender plants which are looking, and smelling, lovely.
I was working at home on Friday and spotted the first of the rhododendron flowers which certainly brightened up my day. There’ll be more to come in the weeks ahead.
In third place, the hellebores which are still going strong, still looking beautiful. No more words are necessary.
And so to the corner of the outdoor space that focuses on the colour blue. The ajugas are looking so beautiful and as for the little forget-me-not, they at least make me smile.
I’ve been using the ‘up steps’ a bit more recently from the house which means I have been enjoying the viburnum and its delicate flowers. It certainly helps to get me up the steep steps!
Finally…I gave a big smile when I saw these tulips burst into flower. Tulips Ad Rem are quite stunning close up – but then tulips usually are.
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.
Thistles and Kiwis is a Wellington, New Zealand based blog written by Barbara, who likes cats, summer, good food and pretends to garden.
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