Here we are at the end of November, and only three more SoS posts after this one before Christmas. Can you believe it? Personally I can’t wait for summer holidays, and taking three weeks away from the desk at work – I am counting down the days. 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.
Warmer and brighter days signal the end of the year for us in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as a time of growth out there in the garden. With all the rain we have had recently as well, everything is growing – and fast – see the featured image at the top of the post and this view of the Peruvian lilies, which are covered in buds. Also growing are newly planted things such as the sunflowers, dahlias, nasturtiums and some mystery seeds that have lost their tag. There is always one pot like that no matter how hard I try to label things.
And on the subject of nasturtiums, more buds and more flowers on one of the plants. You all know how much I really like these flowers, and I just can’t get enough of them.
And so to ‘the herb garden’ as I like to call my collection of pots of herbs. The echinacea is really flourishing this year, as is the new rosemary which is already beginning to cry out for a larger pot. There are some tiny little flowers on the lemon verbena, which has also vigorously sprung back to life.
Meanwhile, the parsley is all going to seed. Now why I am not upset at the old plant, which has provided me with many a sprig for the kitchen, is turning this way, I am a bit annoyed that the plants I bought just after lockdown are also turning to seed. Mind you, I did wonder why they were so cheap and why they were almost the only thing available at that time. The other rosemary is not looking good, and while I will feed it with some recommended fertiliser (fish and seaweed based), this seems to be a regular occurrence with this plant. I am wondering if it is something to do with the position of the plant, next to the house, where it can get a lot of sun. Any advice or comments welcome.
At number five, I managed to capture this bee enjoying the arthropodium cirratum. Everywhere is covered with this plant at the moment, so I hope the bees in the nearby hives in the Botanic Gardens are feeding well. These particular plants are at the kitchen end of our house.
And finally….back by popular demand, two more pictures of the camellia. No more words are necessary….
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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