Monday, October 26, 2015

Little Treats for Me.

Today as well as my usual treat to myself, which is my long black espresso coffee I make myself  every mid morning, I gave my nose another  treat. The smell of cloves  (perhaps) in the form of carnation perfume.(Dianthus Passion )
 The plant is doing so well I felt I could pick some without spoiling the display.
I put them in my Hogland glass vase on the bench and every time I go near I plunge my nose into them. The smell doesn't seem to get inhaled away luckily.
 I have other carnations and pinks and even sweet William but none smell as good.( maybe Otaki Pink does ? )
 This Sweet William is nearly as dark in colour.

Yesterday afternoon I weeded this , my Herb garden which is flourishing. The netting is over the 2nd sowing of snap peas.
 I also weeded this my part of the vege patch.
 Particularly the small Spring onions at the far end.

 Then I mowed all the lawns so I could take a photo like this.
 I love the lawn freshly mown.
 A few other garden spots are looking good.
 Pale pink tritonia growing up through Astelia Nervosa Westland. They both like it dry. The nearby Rimu tree  sucks all the moisture out of the soil here.
 The Hostas are all up. This is the biggest leaf one.( not my favourite but certainly big )

The 1st yellow gerbras.

 Lots of red alstromeria.
 Several patches of purple irises.

A miniature lemon rhododendron that has maroon leaves.
 So far the only bug ( pest ) I can spot anywhere in the garden is spittle bug which doesn't really cause any harm it just looks yukky, if you look really closely. ( I hope the bugs stay away, especially the passionvine hoppers and the bronze beetle which usually eats young growth like these roses.)
 I love my garden when it looks and smells pleasant.


Pip said...

The perfume of carnations has to be one of my favourites alongside boronia and heliotrope, yours are such a lovely deep crimson red, I'm very envious. Your herb garden seems to be flourishing, I must try that netting trick next time I plant seedlings.

Janice said...

Your garden is certainly putting on a show. Beautiful.

Pam said...

Your grandson is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations.

And your garden is so lovely too. I think I'll just come and stay with you, say, November to March, when nothing much happens in the garden here. That's ok, is it...?

molly said...

Seems to me Ali, you could open up your own Botanical Gardens. I for one would willingly pay for a tour!