It is a grey and windy day here (northerlies at least, but still up to 110km/h) so not a day to be out gardening. Parts of the South Island are having some really awful weather, with gale force winds and heavy rain, so we have got away with things lightly. Actually, the weather didn’t matter today as we visited the Beervana beer festival this afternoon – any slight slurring should be excused! Anyway, it is time for Six on Saturday. 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.
First up, our little lemon tree has flowers. Its health has definitely improved over the last year in fact, and nice to see flowers again this year. One of our neighbours has a fabulous lemon tree of which I am really jealous. Ah well.
Next up, everybody living here knows the Arthropodium cirratum or rengarenga or New Zealand rock lily. It grows everywhere, but is a good low maintenance plant. The plants thrive in shady places and they are often used in mass plantings. The best thing is that they provide effective groundcover, being evergreen and requiring minimal maintenance. We have a few plants in a shady area of the garden, and some in other places, such as awkward to get to slopes. They are flowering just now, so look quite pretty.
And so to the herbs…nothing much to report really, other than I have a good supply of thyme, mint, lemon balm, and still some parsley. Below is the country cream marjoram I have featured before, one of the thymes, the lemon balm, and my echinacea which continues to grow really fast.
At number four, I came home from a walk yesterday to find our cat and our neighbours’ cat sitting together on the steps that lead from our house to her house. They often do this, and can sit together for an hour until eventually one of them gives way and goes home. The picture also gives you an idea of how green things are.
Next up…yes folks it is agapanthus time here. Yes they are lovely, yes they brighten up verges and roadsides, but they are really a bit of an invasive weed. I found this short piece in Stuff (a NZ news website) from 2018 that explains it quite well.
Finally, this week’s camellia…just because we still have a few flowers.
So that is my six for this week. 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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