Meanwhile, back in the house garden some late apple blossom hangs on. You can just make out the young apples, set from the main flowering, behind these flowers:
Up at the nursery again one of out cream delphiniums known only as Y0102 is showing off:
The nursery is separated from the house by about 200 metres of medium incline so I think we'll stay for one more delphinium before going back to the house again. This one is part of trials to produce delphiniums compact enough for sale as pot plants. It is a little too tall at 55cm but that makes it ideal for a low border plant:
On the way back to the house I notice the first sunflower opening up. The seeds were planted under cover in early August:
The first day-lily is flowering. Our day-lilies are raised from seed we bought from Nan Riply of the American Hemerocallis Society http://www.northernlightsdaylilies.com/index.php?pr=Walkabout_Gardens
And now, looking towards the house the Cecil Brunner rose is putting on a show too. This rose blooms for most of the summer:
You probably all know this common papaver specie. I don't.:
Nor do I recall the name of the white flowering plants behind the campanula glomerata:
Still not to the bottom of the hill pansies are happy among the forget-me-nots:
And the pink hollyhock that has been flowering all winter is still on the go:
And a geranium specie:
And a white campanula percicifolia:
And so to the house garden where Westerland is all over the garage:
Wedding Day is about to dawn. This is my favourite rose, prickly and flowering only once a year its something to really look forward too. She is early this year.A bit of a shot gun affair no doubt.
Something you may not see too often in the northers hemisphere, a Manuka hybrid. This is one of our native, endemic I believe, New Zealand plants. We have many, many plants endemic to this country.
This carpet rose has also flowered right through the winter but is doing so a little more enthusiastically now.
Ok, I'll walk back up the hill, past a nasturtium that does a great job of covering the ground later in the season
And back to the delphiniums. This one is Double Innocence, which we bred and sell from seed
These are more trials for short, border type delphiniums
Well, that's 20 images. There are many more but the above should give you a taste of "What's Happening - Down Under"
If you want to know more about our delphiniums please check out our web site, here: http://www.delphinium.co.nz/
If you'd like to be part of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day visit Carol's blog here: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/2008/02/getting-involved-with-garden-bloggers.html