Happy New Year! At the always immaculate and interesting end of the zigzag, this beautiful hydrangea wreath was a delight and an inspiration. (Might try a wreath myself next year.)
At the top steps, the mystery person who’s for years experimented with plants that will thrive there has been back, to weed around the succulents they planted there last year. Looks like that problem is solved now!
On the next corner, there’s beauty in a pot.
Further down, plums are ripening!
In the next plot, the kaka beak under the ngaio hasn’t survived. Over the last few years, not many plants have enjoyed life under the ngaio. But the hollyhocks are thriving.
The lavender are weeded and nearby there’s a new hugelkultur, planted out with harakeke.
The established harakeke are flowering like crazy and the tūī, other birds and bees love it.
Other visitors are enjoying the bright cannas.
After losing a couple of key months in spring, we haven’t caught up with the veges and herbs. But there have been lettuce crops to share with passersby; self-seeded cape gooseberries; and some courgettes.
The manuka have grown and one flowered late in the year, but a long wet-and-windy period meant I never saw a bee on it.
But it all takes time. The seeds I sowed for flowers to feed leaf-cutter bees, a couple of years ago, are finally thriving and some bumble bees enjoy them (wish I could find what these flowers are called, have lost the details!).
But no leaf-cutter or honey bees that I’ve seen. So far.
Nearby, among the wildflowers, are echinacea and daisies and cornflowers; and flowering herbs.
So it’s all good. Getting better all the time, thanks to all of us who are busy out there. If I can, I’d like to add a Lilliput Library with space for the seeds we’ll gather soon, as well as for books.
(A big thank you to John for some lovely photos!)