Six on Saturday 11.03.23

What a lovely sunny day it has been! It was a bit too warm to garden out the front of the house this afternoon as our house gets a lot of sunshine in the afternoon. Thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations, for hosting Six on Saturday, whose knowledge of all things plants and gardening makes him an ideal host and move on to what can be see at the moment outside.

Actually, I nearly didn’t post this week, as there is nothing new to report, but with the sun shining I thought I would make a bit of an effort to find 6 things out there. First up, more Japanese anemones….and probably more to come in the weeks ahead. We only have pink ones around the house, but they are so beautiful they always brighten up the day.

So to number two…supermarket herbs in pots. I’ve given up growing basil in any quantity, but do pick up pots in the supermarket and pop them outside after a few days on the windowsill. This plant was not looking so good, so popped it outside and it came back to life enough to provide me with a few leaves. I picked up the chives today, and will try potting them out outside and see what happens.

So to some more herbs…nothing new to report. Here are some of the plants that are still looking OK as autumn approaches: pineapple sage, purple sage, rosemary and variegated thyme.

At number four, one of the many kawakawa bushes around the house, this one seen in the early evening sun.

Out at the back of the house we have several ferns, including this one which looks like quite beautiful in its symmetry.

Finally, more karaka berries, the inner stones and a half eaten one…..

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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  1. A beautiful blue sky and sunshine. This is what I would need to test a pump powered by a solar panel. I will have to wait several more days because here it has been cloudy and rainy for a long time. (So much the better for groundwater)
    Autumn seems to have started to you with the arrival of the anemones… and I still love the leaves of the kawaka bush !

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  2. I’m glad you did post. I always enjoy seeing pictures of those Japanese anemones. Never can get too many of them. Very impressed with how nice that fern looks. By late summer/early fall, ours are a bit of a mess.

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  3. Hi, Barb – Your garden continues to look beautiful. I am glad that oyur weather is still warm. We are having crazy weather. Last week we were literally shoveling snow and yesterday we cut our lawn. Strange put true!

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