Within hours my Mom will be here from the cold and snow of Canada, and I’ve picked some Dahlias, Thalictrum, and Hydrangeas for her. The Dahlias haven’t done all that well so far this year – the early hot dry spell followed by rainy weather at Christmas has left them a little tattered, but there is plenty of time left for better blooms.
Star Jasmine adds scent.
Satsuma plums are ripening and one early Louisa plum reflects the crimson and purple colours in the flowers.
A storm is coming tomorrow from Australia, so the rain should cut the heat a little and ease the transition between Canadian winter and New Zealand summer.