I so enjoyed writing last week’s Six on Saturday, and meeting so many interesting gardening bloggers out there, so am having another go today. It is another lovely sunny and warm spring day, so the right time to be tidying up a rather sad looking rosemary in a pot and sewing some micro-green seeds. Without further ado, here are my Six on Saturday.
I ordered up a few packets of seeds: some basic, mixed nasturtium and some night and day nasturtium, which promise to be mahogany and cream; marigolds; chives (I use them a lot in cooking); radishes and some cherry tomatoes, which I hope to grow in either a grow bag or large pot. I have had luck in growing tomatoes indoors in a sunny spot in the past, so let’s hope these flourish.
2. Little violets
These pop up all over the place in our yard, in unexpected places. You have to keep your eyes peeled to spot them.
Kawakawa is one of the most distinctive New Zealand native plants, and we are fortunate to have a few bushes around the house. It is an important plant in traditional Māori herbal medicine, and these days often appears as an ingredient in some restaurant dishes. The holes in the leaves are caused by the caterpillar of the kawakawa looper moth, which restricts its diet to kawakawa.
4. A book
A slim volume of essays, this book praises all things to do with gardening. It is a book to pick up and put down, rather than read all at once, and is full of literary references to gardens.
5. The back terrace
This is a neglected spot, and we hardly ever venture out here, except to admire the magnolia when it is in flower. We sit outside in another spot, close to the kitchen, and often forget this other area outside. I keep thinking this could be a good spot for a nice pot with some flowers. Ideas welcome!
6. The bush
This is the view from the side of the house, looking out into the bush. Not our garden, but what we are surrounded by on two sides, just to give you some indication of where we are situated.
Thanks to The Propagator for starting Six on Saturday.
If you want to know more about kawakawa, here is an article.
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