You may have seen that Covid-19 has ‘returned’ to New Zealand, and that the country is returning to some sort of lockdown. The Prime Minister announced yesterday that Auckland will remain at Level 3 for at least another 10 days, while the rest of the country will stay at Level 2. It was a big relief that we did not all have to move to Level 3, but it does mean some restrictions (no gatherings of more than 100 for example). So it is back to using tracking systems and hand sanitiser on entering every shop. Still, none of this affects being in the garden, and with it being a glorious sunny day, Saturday, and the prospect of a week off from work, things are not that bad. 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 started with daffodils, and will do so again this week. The jet fire are now looking lovely, and are the first to flower. I have two pots full this year, and am so glad I got more after last year’s success. Spring is here!
Still in the bulb department so to speak, the first of the crocuses (or is it croci?) are appearing. There are about half a dozen in flower so far, all the same variety (I had bought a bag of 50 mixed bulbs). These are really pretty, so I hope the rest will be as good. Anyway, a further sign of spring.
At number 3, the lavender is coming to life. The old and rather shaggy oregano has come to life and looking fresh, the new silver thyme is slowly establishing itself and I am surprised and delighted to see the dill continue to flourish at the moment at least. Most things are beginning to come to life again, except for one of my rosemary plants that is still not looking good. I might give it a trim and feed it – or maybe repot it.
Fourth on the list, this week’s hellebores. No more words necessary I don’t think other than we have a lovely display again this year.
No post would be complete at this time of year without yet more pictures of the camellias around the house. I was going to give them a miss this week, but honestly, they are just everywhere and are beautiful. Below, from top left, we have one of the flowers in front of the house, one of the large blooms at the back of the house, and three pictures of the bush also at the back of the house.
And finally, an update on the magnolia. You can see all the buds below, and a couple of the flowers are beginning to emerge. Hopefully next week we will have some flowers – depending on the weather I guess as much as anything.
So that’s it for me this week. I am off to do a seed audit and tend to my sad rosemary. 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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