‘I’ll light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that we bought today….’ Crosby, Stills Nash and Young
Today is a taste of Spring: a cold start, but later warm, sunny and still. Warm enough to sit outside and have a morning coffee and enjoy the collection of succulents in the blue bowl bought from the Growers’ Market earlier. Warm enough to be outside in shirt sleeves and warm enough for the bees to be busily foraging amongst any available blooms they can find.
Later on this evening when the sun sets, we’ll light the fire because the nights are still cold. There’s a lot of sport to watch: the Rugby in NZ and the cricket in England. A long night ahead!
One: Always early to make an appearance, Candytuft , Iberis sempervirens, with its spotless white flowers indicates that Spring is on its way.
Two: The aforementioned bowl of succulents sitting prettily on the outdoor table.
Three: Sunshine pours down on the bees bombarding the Prunus blireana. I stood on a stepladder to achieve this photo and bees flew around my head. The tree is bumbling and buzzing with them.
Four: Banksia blechnifolia. Such a quirky Banksia with its almost prehistoric fern-like leaves and unusual flowers, which actually sit on the ground. As it’s a Western Australian plant, I’m quite surprised that it’s growing well in my garden where it isn’t getting any specialised treatment and is happily doing its own thing.
Five: Another plucky viola. It must be two that I planted together without noticing, but they make a fetching combination.
Six: Two Narcissi are flowering. They look a little lonely in the front garden, and I hope they’ll be joined by others before too long.
As ever, Six on Saturday is hosted by the Propagator. Follow this link to see a variety of other gardens and enjoy plants and flowers from different countries.
Weather today: Brilliantly sunny. 0 – 22 degrees C.