Six on Saturday 12.11.22

I woke up to a thunder storm this morning at 6am, to be followed by another one at 9:40am (so precise I know, but I was just entering the Pilates studio). This afternoon it is grey, humid and probably around 22C. I have managed to get out and pot new parsley and chive plants, and sweep up a bit, but it kind of muggy and not that nice out there. Just a quick post as off out for dinner with friends this evening and I wanted to get it done before we went out. Anyway, thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations, for hosting Six on Saturday whose knowledge of all things plants and gardening makes him an ideal host.

First up, the deutzia, which sits at the foot of the steps up to the house, dropping its snow white petals all over the path. It is pretty and certainly a nice welcome home.

So to herb corner, and the pineapple sage has perked up since being repotted and feeling a little bit of rain. Otherwise, just the usual photogenic herbs – the variegated sage, one of the rosemary plants and the thyme flowers. I’m using mint a fair bit just now and also adding lemon balm to glasses of water. The lemon verbena has come back to life in the spring weather too.

Yes – there are still camellias on the bush in front of the house. Yes – I spend a lot of time sweeping up the petals from the steps. Yes – I do love looking at them!

So to the sugar snap pea plant that I am attempting to grow from the free supermarket seeds. I am not expecting much, but let’s see what happens.

At humber five, the rengarenga or rock lily is in flower everywhere just now. It is great ‘space filler’ for those shady spots, though it does spread a bit. There’ll probably be more next week!

Finally, the Mexican orange blossom, which can also be seen in the featured image at the top of the post. It is still looking good with its frothy, white flowers.

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.

You can find Thistles and Kiwis on Facebook, and also on Instagram @thistlesandkiwis.  As for Twitter….am totally inactive these days.  If you want to get in touch, email me on


  1. My rengarenga lily survived last winter in the ground but has been battling slugs until recently so it never flowered. I regard its survival as a win and think of it as something pretty special. Funny people, gardeners; the easier something is, the less regard we have for it.

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