Monday, 29 January 2018
Time for some Summer colour
It seems NZ is going through some sort of heatwave at the moment. Last Summer was hot but not nearly this hot and parts of the country are experiencing record temperatures of 35 degrees celsius and even higher sometimes. Since many of you in the Northern hemisphere are in the middle of winter I thought I'd share some Summer colour from my recent visit to Te Puna Quarry Gardens. Rhododendron - as above.
Lovely purple Hydrangea - depending on how much you alter the ph level of the soil you can change the colour of the flowers.
Mr Owl taking shelter in amongst the ferns. I feel like he does, we've had our fan on day and night to try and keep cool.
Another lovely cream coloured Rhododendron sticking to the shade.
And in the herb and butterfly gardens some Dahlia and Rudbeckia plus some Buddleia line the pathways.
Because we live in an apartment I only have a small deck area with some plant pots growing miniature geraniums (perfect for coastal conditions) and some succulents I recently planted from cuttings I got from other peoples gardens which they kindly gave me.
Last week however we've had several events happening here...a music concert, surf life saving championships and cricket games so work has been pretty manic and instead of me having my normal 2 days off I worked 7 days - I'm looking forward to my 3 day weekend next week.
Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)