It has been a long week…I was at home, getting over the news of my brother’s death last weekend and thankful that I made the decision to remain in New Zealand and not travel to the UK. Today the Prime Minister announced that anyone coming from everywhere will have to self-isolate for 14 days, so I am at least spared that at this moment in time. Anyway, to the outdoors and there has been a lot of sunny weather this week. In fact, a drought now being declared for the whole of the North Island, with associated watering restrictions for domestic gardens. Having only a watering can, we are OK in our little space at the moment. It is also Saturday again, and time for SoS. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
We were expecting men to come around on Tuesday to clear the guttering on the roof, and I moved the majority of pots down onto the unused and hopefully safe from workmen part of the decking to make room for their equipment. This was a bit of a job, but worth it as I really checked out each plant, tidied up and spotted a big hole in the side of the pot that has one of the rosemary plants in it. The rosemary has since been repotted. Of course the men did not come, and are now scheduled for Monday morning, so will need to move some of the more delicate ones I had returned to their normal place, back again. Pffff…..
Not much new to report really…the Japanese anemones are still blooming and forming a lovely display around the house. There are some seedlings that have lost their tag, so I am intrigued as to what they are. A much needed trip to the garden centre is planned for tomorrow as moving the pots I realised a lot of things need potting on or retiring. Might look at bulbs too of course!
There are still lots of cornflowers which is lovely, and one more sunflower that is just about to come into flower. The blue and yellow together look so bright and summery, even though I guess we are into autumn.
In the herb corner….lots of mint, a little basil, some good parsley and lemon balm, and thriving curry plants that really do smell quite strongly in the sunshine. Yes, there are still sneaky nasturtiums too.
Actually, the picture below was taken on Friday while I was tidying up. Our neighbours cat decided to come and help, sitting on my knee, wanting to get indoors to eat our cat’s food and then lying down, exhausted. A cat’s life.
Finally, I tend to overlook this pot of succulents, but again with the moving about, realised it was there, so after taking this picture, gave it a good weed and tidy up. My brother Peter had a vast collection of cacti and succulents, so this picture is for him.
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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