Flowers and the promise of food

The rain has finally arrived and I expect to see more plants flowering in the days ahead. For now, I’m really happy to see flowers on the tomato plants — especially as the fruit is so sweet.

Friday Flowers

Friday flowers


Queen Anne Lace. Image: Su Leslie 2020

Even though it’s a natural part of the plant’s life-cycle, the drying of these flowers reflects rather well the state of our gardens here.

And with only a few (still very welcome) showers forecast for the weekend, it looks as though the current drought isn’t over yet.


Queen Anne Lace. Image: Su Leslie 2020

“When the well is dry, they know the worth of water.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Hydrangea Homecoming


Smaller plant potted; larger still looking for suitable home in the garden. Image: Su Leslie 2019

It rained so hard during my over-night stop in Turangi that the hydrangea bucket was in danger of overflowing (never mind the river less than 100 metres from my room).

Despite (or maybe because) of the drenching, the plants looked much healthier in the morning and survived the journey home.

I’ve potted the smaller one. It looks a bit wonky with one large flower-head hanging off the side, but there is another, quite robust-looking stem growing straight.

Hydrangea One — the mother-plant — is still bucketed and seems to be doing fine. Now I just have to find a suitable space in the garden for her.

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Image: Su Leslie 2019

The back-story:

How to travel with a hydrangea

How to travel with a hydrangea: day two

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