What amazing weather we have been having this autumn! While the early mornings and evenings are a little chilly, day time temperatures are almost better than some of the days this summer. No coat has been needed for my lunch time walks, the skies have been bright blue, and everything looks quite lovely. 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.
We’ll start with a lovely surprise spotted this morning. I glanced out of the window and could see several camellias in flower. It was such a great start to the day. The two small pictures below are from the bush we share with our neighbour which is always the first to flower. Such glorious pink blooms!
At number two, more flowers, this time on the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings vine again. Sorry if I feature this each week at the moment, but it is quite a lovely and special plant.
At number three, we have the herbs (side note for no reason – some of the British readers may well remember that wonderful children’s TV show The Herbs – I always loved Parsley the Lion). I repotted both tarragon plants, and there is a bit more sign of life now which is good as I like using the herb in cooking. The rue has also perked up, and the raggedy rosemary that grows beside the house is flowering and looking better than it has for ages.
Another regular at this time of year in my SoS posts is the mahonia. As I have said before, I actually don’t mind it as it adds a lovely pop of colour, and the colour goes quite well with the blue of the house. Three of the plants are in flower at the moment.
No SoS post would be complete without nasturtiums. These may be the last for a while (I think I have said that before…), but I also have more seeds to pickle. Those wanting to try doing this should follow Fred’s recipe which I am sure he would share again if we asked nicely enough.
Finally to finish, the dahlia is still producing some gorgeous flower. Thanks to everyone for all the tips last week – I have noted the varieties you suggested for next year. Much appreciated! I managed to get most of my bulbs planted last Sunday, but have run out of potting compost and suitable pots (and some might also say space…) so a garden centre trip is in order.
One small confession…the featured image of the bee feasting on the violas was actually taken last Sunday. The flowers were so small, that every time he approached one, they bent over double with his weight. I couldn’t help but try to capture it.
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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