What a glorious sunny autumn day! Bright blue skies, warm sunshine and everything looking happy and cheerful. It is Anzac Day tomorrow and Monday is a holiday, so there is a bit more time to enjoy being in the garden provided the weather holds that is. In any case, 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. Let’s look at this week’s six.
First up, this week’s update on the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings vine. The first flowers are beginning to bloom as you can see. Hopefully, next week there will be more to show off. In the picture below, you can also see the colour of the sky today as well….
There was no excuse not to get out on the terrace today. I got a lot of tidying done, and also sorted out pots and started bulb planting, though only getting as far as the anemones which have been sitting in the fridge as recommended. Of course, I have run out of suitable potting compost (not to mention space, but the latter can be ignored….), so the rest of the new bulbs will have to wait to another day. I very sensibly bought some name tags this year – though I do know there are several pots with mystery bulbs that will hopefully surprise and delight come spring.
At number three, this week’s nasturtiums, both orange and the delicate yellow flower. I am already considering what ones to buy for next year. If anyone has any good suggestions, do let me know and I will see if I can get them here.
There are still some cheery violas to brighten our days. Such a happy flower I think (and I know some of you do too). I was surprised to find the supermarket basil still going strong, so might be able to get a few more leaves from that over the coming week to add to whatever I am cooking.
Over in herb corner, the lemon verbena and variegated sage are looking good, as are the thyme, pineapple sage and parsley. I came home from work on Friday and found a fully ripe wild strawberry, and then another one today, so ate them both before anything else did.
In the ‘up and coming’ corner, we have the first of the mahonia flowers. Love it as a plant or hate it, I think it is a cheery thing to have next to the house. There is something beautiful in its ugliness. Next week, all being well, I should be able to show off the salvia, the buds of which are already there.
And to end, the way I began, with some white flowers. This time, the dahlias which are still looking good and finally thriving. The featured image at the top of the post is one of them, and below are a couple more. I am hooked, and will definitely be getting some more for next year.
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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