It seems hard to believe it is nearly the end of May already. It has been such an odd year, with nothing quite normal. At least our gardens somehow remain constant. Anyway, it is a lovely autumn day here (or was….looks like it might be clouding over as I type this afternoon…) and time for Six on Saturday. Thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens.
New Zealand is beginning to emerge from lockdown, with shops and restaurants open, albeit with tracking and hand sanitiser. We went to a garden centre on Sunday. There was no potting compost or bulb mix, some sad plants on sale, and lots of certain things where they had obviously just had a delivery. As you might expect, there were very few bulbs left, but I did pick up these, though I am unsure quite where to put them. My mail order bulbs have still not arrived although they have been dispatched. Due to more people ordering online in general, there is a backlog of parcels, so I am not sure when I will receive them. Hopefully this week as it is getting very late to plant.
Next up, an update on the tecomanthe speciosa or Three King’s Climber. Below you can see one of the flowers and also what it looks like if you hold it up to see ‘inside’ so to speak! The third picture is from a group that should open fully very soon. There are a lot more flowers and buds high up the tree, just out of reach of any decent photograph, but lovely to look at anyway.
It is the start of camellia season, with quite a few to see in the Botanic Gardens and around the house. So for number three, the buds below are from one of the three plants we have in the garden. And at number four this week, this wonderful display of the camellias which have roots in our neighbours’ garden but which border our staircase. I actually think we get more out of the plants than they do!
To the herbs, and I bought some broad leaf parsley plants last week. They have planted them out, so we’ll see what happens there. There is still a good amount of marjoram, oregano and thyme, and one of the rosemary plants is covered in flowers still.
Finally (I cheated a bit with numbers 3 and 4 I am afraid…but it is autumn and there isn’t much new going on), there is a lovely fatsia at the side of the house, which I have tried and failed to get a decent picture of as it is in a hard to get to place. There are some stunning ones right now in the Botanic Gardens (see here for an example). There is a bush covered with bright red berries to the left of it, and then. one of the camellias. You’ll just have to imagine it
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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