I had my dental checkup on Thursday. Having made myself comfortable in her chair, my dentist proceeded to fill my mouth with her fingers, that little round mirror she checks her make-up in, a sucky thing that she sucks with and one of those pokey things that she pokes with. Then she asked me how my Christmas had gone. I suppose most of her patients have the same sort of Christmas, “Ooh, aah, argh, ugg, ow, schlurp.” She announced that I didn’t need a scale and polish as my cleaning routine was still good. So we parted company, looking forward to meeting again next week as, for some reason, something always happens about a week after a checkup; a filling falls out or a crown works loose. I’m beginning to suspect that she does something with that pokey thing to keep the repeat business rate up. But no worries, I’ve also fired her interest in the Hardy Plant Society.
And today is a bit under a week since the New Year and my last post of what I could find in flower in the garden. But I nipped around with a camera, not a pokey thing, and so nothing was prodded into action ready to produce something new today. Should I repeat myself? Nah! I’ll get creative and go Antipodean.
Now that Eleanor has buggered off, things are quiet here in the northern hemisphere at the moment but down souf, they’re in the middle of their summer and gardening with the frenzy that we apply to our favourite leisure activity in our summers. So for two of my six, I’m going to introduce you to a couple of Antipodean bloggers who come at their topics from different directions. Gardening is all about contrast (when it’s not about blisters).
1. Tikorangi – The Jury Garden
Mark and Abbie Jury garden in the northern island of New Zealand. The garden’s been in Mark’s family for generations. Mark does the heavy work and breeds plants (I may have mentioned the Daphne he bred that I have in my garden). Abbie provides the creative brain, the environmental awareness and the blogging. Her blog is a varied mix of coverage of their own garden, writings about gardens they visit on their regular travels around the world – particularly interesting as they approach things from their “down-under” perspective – environmental campaigning and life in general down under. The image is a hotspot to the blog.
2. Diary of a Surburban Gardener
I think this blogger’s name is Sue but she chooses to go under the nom-de-plume of Catmint. She’s in Melbourne and has what she terms a “dry garden”. She developed an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden and her passion evolved into thinking about how humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas. Again, the image is a hotspot.
But that’s only two. I have to find four more things to entice and enthral you with.
OK, I held back just a bit on New Year’s Day. With an eagle eye to the future, I skipped a few bits.
3. Et Seq….Pyracantha
5. Emergings ….
6. More Emergings (Unwanted)
That adds up to six. OK.
There are going to be lots of other SoS contributions more worthy than mine. If you pop over to our Propagator host’s blog a few times during today and tomorrow you’ll find, in the comments to his SoS post for today, links to other bloggers.
See you next week when, maybe, just maybe, I’ll have a full six to report. Until then, enjoy what you enjoy doing (as long as it involves your garden).
And, in case you’re the least bit interested, I’ll be revisiting my dentist next week. A filling’s worked loose. It’s still there, for the moment, but …..