Well I have to confess that most of these pictures were taken on Friday, as, as predicted, it is raining, and not a day to be outside. The steps will have to wait to be swept, and the cleaning up of the microgreen pots and the sewing of new seeds will have to wait for another day. Instead, I am inside with a mug of fruit tea and thinking of sunnier days.
1 The dying cabbage tree and living fern
One of the cabbage trees outside our house is not at all well, as you can see below. I’ve been reading up about this, and I think it is the ‘cabbage tree virus’ first noticed in the mid 1980s. All that can be done is to cut it down to ground level and hope it regenerates. Meanwhile, the fern next to it is putting out more shoots, and seems to be in good health.
2 Another fern
Last year this grow so big, it formed an archway for us to walk under. They need regular cutting back, or otherwise can take over. I just love seeing them unfurl, their almost primeval look. In fact, my great nephew, when he first discovered dinosaurs, thought they lived in New Zealand ,as all the pictures in his books showed the animals surrounded by giant ferns, just like the ones he had seen in pictures from New Zealand.
3 The herbs
The sage, lemon balm and mint are all doing really well, I am happy to report.
4 The Wellington Botanic Garden
OK – this is a bit of a cheat – but I thought readers might be interested. The Botanic Gardens here in Wellington are 150 years old, and the forthcoming summer floral display is slowly being put together. The plan is to create a floral birthday cake in one of the beds. I will definitely report back on this once summer is here and the flowers are out.
From now until autumn, things just grow and grow….
6 A cactus
Another cheat, but it is really too wet to get outside. I used to have a lot of cacti, but since coming to New Zealand have only managed to acquire three. This is one of them. I think they are great plants to have, but they do need to be left without water in the autumn and winter, so that you can enjoy watching the new growth in the spring.
Thanks to The Propagator for starting Six on Saturday. Let’s hope the weather is much better next weekend.
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