Six on Saturday

It is now officially autumn. We have had some more rain, but also some more sun, including this afternoon. The cicadas are just as loud, and the ground is still dry despite the recent rain. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.

First up, more Japanese anemones are popping up all around the side of the house. There will be a glorious display in a few days. They are such pretty flowers, and a lovely splash of colour.

More flowers due
Japanese anemones

Sticking with flowers, these curry plant flowers are such a delight: perfect little yellow forms.

Curry plant flowers

I’ve been fighting a cold all week, and didn’t have the energy to get out and do much. I’m hoping to get the seeds planted in the trough tomorrow, and do something about those spider plant ‘babies’ you can see below. A lot of things need trimming and tidying up, so that will need to get done too.

Saturday afternoon

The first buds are appearing on the camellia. It flowers about October time.

First buds

The neglected corner remains neglected. I was out doing the usual check around, and honestly don’t think I could sit out there…too much rustling in the bushes and the feeling of the bush creeping in. Anyway, you might be able to make out vaguely a magnolia tree at the back. Come August, it will be full of flowers, and then it will be a treat to go out to this patch,

The neglected corner

Finally, I know all you seasoned gardeners will smile, but I still find it lovely to just pop outside when I need a basil leaf or two, or a sprig of parsley. Why it took me so long to get started I don’t know! Anyway, I now need to find out what can stay outside in the winter and what needs to come indoors.

Autumn skies

So that is me for this week. I hear parts of Europe have been having unseasonable warm weather. How is that affecting your gardens?

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  1. It is nice to be able to pop out into the garden to get some herbs for cooking. I almost bought a curry plant last weekend and then went for another lavender at the last minute. I was a fool! You have some lovely views.


  2. “The neglected corner remains neglected. I was out doing the usual check around, and honestly don’t think I could sit out there…too much rustling in the bushes and the feeling of the bush creeping in.”

    I think I’d also leave that corner neglected. I came face to face with a sanke last autumn and I bet my scream could be heard half way round the world. He reared up at me and despite my bad knee I ran as fast as I could in the other direction.

    As for herbs… I just wish I could get my basil to grow. It is amazing to go and pick herbs fresh from the garden.


    1. We don’t have snakes here….but what was the rustling?! I would have screamed as well if I came face to face with a snake.

      I kept my basil indoors until it was really warm and it seems to have done the trick. I’ll need to bring it in for winter I think.


  3. The warm February weather has been amazing and the flowers are racing into full spring mode. Lovely to see your late summer garden looking so lovely.


  4. It always amazes me how a garden over grows when it’s suppose to be dormant. I love a good herb garden and not sure about where you live, but in my part of the US I can keep my rosemary and thyme outside year round.


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