It is already nearing the end of September and I just don’t know where the time is going. Our clocks go forward this weekend, so it really feels like we are moving into the warmer and brighter half of the year now. The weather has been rather mixed shall we say. From strong winds, to very heavy, vertical rain that lasted all of Wednesday (no wind) to glorious warm sunshine, we have almost had it all this week. Things are growing and popping up all over the place, wanted things and not so wanted things of course too. Anyway, thanks to The Propagator who encourages us to share what is going on in our gardens in all parts of the world. Check out the participant guide if you want to join in. Photos taken on Wednesday and today.
First up…tulips. One flower head was the victim of the stormy weather unfortunately, but the others are still looking blousy and billowy. There is a wonderful display of tulips in the Botanic Gardens at the moment, so I’ll do a post with pictures either tomorrow or midweek.
At number two, the ajuga are flowering nicely. I like the flowers close up, but am not so keen on the overall shape. Still they nestle in places at the side of the house, and seem to flourish, so I will leave them there to do their thing.
And so to the daffodils, With the first blooms now fading, the second set are coming up nicely. The new this year Pipit, are a pale yellow with lots of clusters of flowers and look so pretty – the pictures don’t really do them justice. My old ‘peach and cream’ are doing well again, and the also new Thalia has produced some very attractive white flowers. I am so pleased with my daffs this year – we have had and are still having a wonderful display.
And so to number four…seeds. Nasturtiums of course, and I enjoyed the display of viola last year so they are a given. I didn’t plant any marigolds last year, so will do this year, and the same with the cornflowers. I got some more miniature sunflowers, but kind of think I might have been better off buying borage, bergamot and basil plants instead. We will see what transpires over the coming weeks.
Next to the miscellaneous corner, this week featuring a hellebore bud, one of those pretty but can be invasive little lilac viola shaped flowers and straggly muscari. My chive plant is sprouting flowers all over the place, so once I can get a decent picture, I’ll pop it on here. They will make a nice addition to a salad too I guess!
Finally, the magnolia, which is really in full flower now. It is so difficult to get a good picture of it, so please excuse me. The featured image at the top of the post (you can see it if you go to the actual website) also shows it off, with a kowhai tree covered in yellow flowers, behind it. This native plant is a real indicator of spring, and the birds love it. That picture, by the way, is what you see when you arrive at our house, such a joy after a day at work.
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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