In contrast to last Saturday, today is gloriously sunny and bright, with blue skies to gladden the heart. I was able to get out and do some tidying up, and found enough compost to repot one of the tarragon plants. I discovered I can order bulbs online still, so that is a weekend task, though goodness knows when they will arrive and where I will put them! Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
Well, the blue skies…the bird song…and the bagpipes! When I went outside after lunch to potter around a bit, I could distinctly hear bagpipes being played, and rather well too. It was kind of incongruous but also fun. A different musical accompaniment than usual to weeding I must say.
Early this morning I went out to start tidying up the area to the side of the house where there is not a huge amount of sunlight. There is a patch of very poor soil on a sort of raised bed, which should really be dug over and sorted out. In the meantime, I just try to keep things tidy, trim unwanted long branches creeping from below (see picture 1). Picture 2 and 3 are a sort of before and after. The pot you see in the corner is broken, but I have just stood it there for a bit of colour. You can also see one of the kawakawa bushes over the fence, and another one below. In fact, we have several around the house – pictures next week.
And so to fungi…it is autumn after all. I found these two little specimens nestled under one of the basil plants. You must admit that they are quite beautiful when you look at the gills underneath.
No Thistles and Kiwis SoS post would be complete without a herb update. Below you can see the pineapple sage (looking good after a lot of rain during the week), the purple basil and marjoram. Also looking good is the mint, parsley and sage.
The Japanese anemones are still looking good, but nearing the end of their flowering season. We’ve had a fantastic display, that has been much needed during these days of being confined to our bubble.
The first thing you spot if you look out of the French windows downstairs are the cornflowers. Their eye-catching bright blue is such a pleasure to see.
That is all from me this week. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. Take care out there! Kia kaha.
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