The shortest day approaches here in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the season of dark mornings walking to work, cooler days and time to rug up and light candles. After a very rainy start to the week, we have had some much brighter days and daytime temperatures around 15-16C, which for our household who grew up in Northern European, feels quite balmy for winter. There is a fair bit of repetition in this week’s post, but there isn’t a lot new…well….maybe there is as you will see below. 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. Let’s look at this week’s six.
To start with, yet more flowers on the tecomanthe speciosa or Three Kings’s Vine. I know…every week I put these in this post….but honestly I love to share these gorgeous flowers.
At number two, the bright yellow of the mahonia. The top picture is of one plant that stands beside the steps up, and is taken looking down on it. The other one is beside the house. I guess in a few weeks time I will be showing you the berries.
At number three, surprises, including the first hellebore, a cheeky little nasturtium and yet more bulbs peeping. These are ones that were left in pots from last year, and in case you are wondering if this is early, there are daffodils are already also peeping above ground in the Botanic gardens.
A bit like the first item, a recurring plant in my Six on Saturday posts at the moment is the dahlia. I spotted a bee, who looked almost drunk on the pollen, when I popped out for some pictures after lunch today.
At number five, the light and smell of winter accompanied by the noise of a tui (just visible on the tree). I am sure you know what I mean – that crispness, the sun shining but low in the sky, the smell of woodsmoke rather than barbeque. Those lovely winter days that we love to treasure – it is one today.
Finally, a camellia update. You can see what the plant in front of the house looks like from the featured image at the top of the post. Below, more flowers and buds, and the first white flower has bloomed. There are loads more to come, so expect more camellias in the weeks ahead.
That is all for me for this week folks – off to see some dance this evening and enjoy the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday.
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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