Summer Gardens on the Zigzag


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!)


2 thoughts on “Summer Gardens on the Zigzag

  1. What a wonderful write up Marian and with the accompanying photographs. So many people comment whenever I’m out planting or tidying up. Shame about the cutting and bashing of the agapanthus. I know they can be unwanted and invasive but really trying to control them as they have their place on banks and in certain spots. I will deadhead them when the flowers are spent to stop their spread.


    1. Thank you, Sharman! I love the people who stop and chat too, about all kinds of things from all kinds of places. And all kinds of little bits of cutting go on as you know! Sometimes because someone fancies a flower or two. Or for other reasons. The council thought the galangal was ginger I think, so slashed into that. The other day someone cut down a beautiful big flowering thistle that I’d left for the bees. On and on it goes, but it doesn’t upset me as much as it used to. And I’ve been enjoying the agapanthus, including your white ones outside our windows but if you have time to deadhead them that’d be great I think.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s