Six on Saturday 15.04.23

After storms earlier this week – including a tornado in Paraparaumu (about 50km away) – we have had lovely still and sunny weather. Today, in fact, has been lovely, and while I should have been out in the garden tidying up, I baked a cake instead. 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 and move on to what can be see at the moment outside.

I’ll start this week with the Japanese anemones, now slowly coming to the end of their season. The bright green seed heads are almost just as beautiful as the flowers themselves.

As one flower fades for the season, we can see lots of buds on the camellias in front of the house and the bush we share with our neighbours. We are looking forward to the display later.

Meanwhile, the mahonia flowers are coming along nicely, slowly beginning to open. While the majority of plants are next to the house, there is one ‘rogue’ plant below the house beside the steps. It is looking good this year so far.

I spotted this surprise solitary borage flower in amongst these well eaten leaves. Not expected, but pretty in any case if you ignore the leaves.

Herb corner is where it is all happening, with flowers on the lemon verbena, the pretty leaves of the rue and lots of thyme and sage all ready for use in the kitchen.

Staying in herb corner, the beautiful red flowers on the pineapple sage, which this year are stunning. Repotting the plant earlier this year and moving it seems to have made a big difference.

Anyway, 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. Aah, some lovely sunshine and some great plants enjoying it. We have had a storm – not a tornado – but no sunshine to follow as yet. Sage plants are such an interesting group. Love the red of the pineapple sage.

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  2. I didn’t even know that sage came in pineapple! Great looking flower. I love having fresh herbs just outside the door. Do yours stay green all year long? Bernie

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  3. Love that amazing pineapple sage 🌸💞 I usually have that in the garden, but, it sometimes dies from the cold/heat

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