I missed SoS last week as we were in Nelson for the weekend – it was a lovely weekend break, and we felt refreshed and revived when we got home. There was a lot to tidy up this week, and I was able to get bits done after work one day which was a nice relaxing end to a tiresome day. Here are my six for this week, with thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
Let’s begin with the weather, and the dry and mostly sunny days we have been having: the blue skies below are from Friday. Today started with a much needed heavy shower, though you would hardly know it had rained looking outside this afternoon. This weather and time of year means cicada time. If you want to hear what they sound like from dawn to dusk, I found this clip on YouTube! You can see one in the picture below and a left over nymph skin.
At number two, and also used in the featured image at the top of the post, it is nice to see the Japanese anemones beside the house have started to flower. These were here when we moved in, so I am not sure which ones they are exactly, but they are lovely, and we enjoy them.
And so to the herbs for number 3…the sage, the red basil and the replanted marjoram are all looking good. The purple sage though has gone….just frizzled up and gone. I moved it about, gave it more sun/less sun, but it was obviously never to be. I have moved the cinnamon basil outside, and really need to move the plants to a bigger pot – a task for Sunday morning I think.
On Wednesday, I posted a whole set of pictures of seeds. The seed head of the bee balm bergamot is almost more beautiful than the flower, so I make no apologies in publishing another picture.
At number five, a couple of ‘surprises’, namely another nasturtium flowering when I thought that plant had finished, and a tiny sunflower. I had popped a seed into a small pot, meaning to plant it on once it had germinated, and somehow it got forgotten. The plant has flowered, although quite small, so I just topped up the pot with more compost and have just let it be, a little splash of yellow.
And….at number six….a bulb catalogue. It would be so easy to go mad and order too many, but given limited space, maybe I should contain myself a little!
And that is all from Wellington for this week. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world.
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