It may have made 17 degrees today but it has been more like 7 more oft than not; a very cold winter. However, the house now sports 2 functioning wood burners. Happily the wood piles both fall and rise again like the tide.
There was a vase of garden flowers at our favourite cafe in Port Chalmers last Friday. (The Ocean Cafe) "Have we got any flowers? said B.
I was surprised. How could you not notice?
The Kaka beak by the front door seems to flower 1/2 now and 1/2 later. I am so grateful for the colour in July and August.
This is actually a beautiful orange, arctotis I think, or gazania. Flowers all year.
The carpet rose has a few blowsey blooms at the minute and buds coming on. It has delivered everything I hoped it would, lovely foliage, blooms, and always looks good.
This is a St Stephens Island Kowhai. Home to a stripey caterpillar that strips the stalks bare of leaves every year. Somehow it has the strength to put out a few blooms. Keep going little shrub. You can overcome this.
Calendula was here 23 years ago when we arrived. I have added in an orange one that also pops up unbidden and delightful.
Lavender looks good.
Here's the girls found a patch in the winter sun. They are underneath my lemon stick. One day it may become a lemon tree.
One day it may set fruit.
I set the chooks into the tunnel house. More to give the hen-pecked shavers a break than to clear the ground. Its time to start planting again.