I think I can say with confidence that we are in early spring. Certainly, we had some lovely, sunny days this week, and I even had lunch sitting outside when I was working at home on Thursday. It is a bit colder today, and a bit grey with showers, but it is August so what can we expect. 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.
At number one, the first daffodils are beginning to unfurl. These are bulbs I planted last year and left in the pot, and am at a loss to identify which ones they are as the label has long gone. Anyway, lovely to see in any case.
At number 2, more of the hellebores. The large purple group is quite stunning, and is the featured image at the top of the post. There are several small groups of white ones too. There is something so delicate about them, and yet they are quite hardy. And yes I did get into contortions to take that first flower below!
Over to the herbs, and the tarragon I cut right back is showing new signs of life and I think once the warmer weather comes, I’ll move it to a bigger pot and give it some nourishment. The new-dish hyssop is establishing itself, as is the dill, to my surprise. I guess we have had a decent amount of sunshine recently.
Now to the camellias. They are everywhere, not just at home but all over where we live and in the Botanic Gardens. The large white one below is a bit awkward to get to photograph, being on the slope next to the stairs going up from the house. I managed to get the top picture below.
The big pink camellias are still stunning, and I tried to capture how the other camellia next to it is almost touching. Whoever planted these, knew what they were doing to get such a wonderful display. The magnolia is still covered in buds – hoping for a great display soon.
Mahonia berry time again…because I check on their colours every day when I come home. The whole clump of them, outside the side of the house are for me at least fascinating to watch, though I know other SoSers are not so keen.
I was going to put a picture of something indoors at number 6, but then this kākā appeared, singing loudly and enjoying just sitting there. They are an endangered species, but thanks to the conservation work at Zealandia, they are now a common sight in parts of Wellington. Recently, we have had quite a few stopping in to visit, which is wonderful of course.
So that’s it for me this week as spring begins to show its face. 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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