After some glorious, sunny weather last weekend and at the start of the week, today is grey and overcast. It is not cold at all, 15C in fact today – well, do remember it is winter here! Yesterday I went for a walk in the Botanic Gardens as I was working from home, and it felt really like early spring. Anyway, thanks once again to The Propagator for allowing us to share what is going on in our gardens. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in.
Last week I began with the hellebores, and I will again this week as they are such beautiful flowers. I don’t think more words are really necessary.
Next, more camellias again. Honestly they are so beautiful just now, and such a joy to see when returning from work or reaching the top of the stairs with a bag of groceries. I had a look at the camellia garden in the Botanic Gardens yesterday, and there are still lots to come into flower over there. The season just seems to go on and on.
At number three, an update on the mahonia berries, with the ripe ones disappearing fast and others still turning to their ripen state. I know mahonia is not a favourite plant for many, but it is an interesting plant if nothing else.
Perhaps not the best skies today to show off the magnolia buds, but you get the idea I am sure. It shouldn’t be long until there are beautiful white flowers to show you.
The new herbs seem to be doing fine – here is the variegated sage and the hyssop. Otherwise, most of the herbs are looking mostly fine though I need to do a stock take and see what needs moved or repositioned come the spring.
Finally, this dangerous catalogue arrived during the week, as well as an email from this equally dangerous website NZ Bulbs suggesting I order from them…..a couple of begonias have been pre-ordered for mid August shipping…
So that’s it for me this week on this first day of August. As usual, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s beautiful gardens in other parts of the world. Hope you are all well and enjoying your gardens in whatever the season is with you.
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