After a very rainy day yesterday – but no wind – today started misty and humid, brightening up in the afternoon making it too hot to be out in the garden doing any much needed work. I need a morning, free of any work/appointments/other things needing attention to do a big tidy up before our guests arrive. 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.
Today’s pictures are things around the house rather than in pots. First up, more rengarenga or New Zealand rock lily, that low maintenance plant good for semi shade that is a borderline weed. It does look pretty, and certainly helps to keep weeds at bay in parts of the space around the house.
Nestling in between these and the alstroemerias are these little violas of some sort – clearly a spreading weed though, they pop up every year and just look so pretty. They seem to stick to one part of the garden at least.
Moving on to the camellias, which as still flowering and the falling petals and flower heads means I am out there nearly every day sweeping the steps up to the house and the decking. The bigger picture below was taken in Friday’s rain.
Nestling next to the violets are a favourite of mine, forget-me-nots. There is something so pretty about those little blue flowers, hidden away but still brightening up our lives with their happy faces.
Close by, the hostas are beginning to show signs of flowering…will show some more in the weeks to come no doubt.
And…for the next few weeks there is likely to be alstroemeria spam in these posts. We have mostly yellow, but there are some deep orange ones as well.(see the featured image picture at the top of the post).
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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