Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hyacinths and Orchids

I have a terracotta pot outdoors which I just forget about every year and it is always fun to see a pretty pink Hyacinth just appear.
Now that we have passed the shortest day here in New Zealand, I always think that Spring will be on its way in a few months.

On the shortest day I planted some garlic - a friend was telling me that you  plant a few garlic cloves in the ground or pot,  and in approximately 4-6 months,  they magically turn into  bulbs of garlic. Fingers crossed, hope mine grow and will let you know. How about you... have you grown your own garlic?

" One touch of nature makes the whole world kin"
~ Shakespeare

Wishing you all a fun weekend,  and thank you to all my fabulous readers.



  1. Just passed the longest day here in Spain! I often think of our opposite climates!

    Have a lovely (hopefully relaxing!!) weekend!


    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  2. No I haven't planted garlic. the closest I have got is garlic chives.
    Happy gardening.

  3. I have never planted garlic, but it is FUN to watch anything just spring up. We are having the most GORGEOUS summer here. It started off with TONS OF RAIN and now we are getting the inevitable heat, but I am OK with that. Oh sweet Carolyn, your first photo is just STUNNING! LOVE TO YOU, Anita

  4. Our longest day is the first day of summer just a couple of weeks ago :)

    No, we've never grown garlic but the garlic capital (Gilroy) is not too far from us. We haven't been to the garlic festival in years but they have everything you can think of made with garlic, yep, even garlic ice cream!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend Carolyn! I'm off to a yard sale this morning to add to my finds of yesterday!!


  5. Dear Carolyn
    I´m on holidays and I think now I am going to get more free time for my blog,visits and comments
    Visiting you is a pleasure for me
    I love your winter flowers

  6. What a lovely hyacint, both white and pink. I have planted garlic, on the compost (right word?) and there was a lot of them after a while.

  7. So strange that you have winter and we summer.......hahahahah!!...lovely weekend

  8. Dearest Carolyn,

    Enjoy your hyacinths and orchids, they are so pretty.
    As for growing garlic, we do have here a very invasive weed which is called wild garlic and it is uncontrollable. As much as I love garlic but not this one...
    Have a great weekend.
    Love to you,

  9. Hi Carolyn,
    I'm almost glad when we are past our shortest day! Unfortunately as we have just past our longest day in England we are heading back the other way! I hope your garlic is successful, we have always had a good crop. We usually plant our in October after the first frost.
    Sarah x

  10. I think when our winter season rolls around (November-January), I will try to plant more things. I had small tomatoes a couple of years ago. And this past year, I planted a spud and wound up with a tiny potato -- never expected that. So I will try garlic too -- and more potatoes. Fun! Have a great day. Tammy

  11. I love's the one flower I have all over my house!
    Hope you're having a marvelous weekend!
    Big hug!

  12. Hallo my dear, I've never tried to plant "normal" garlic, just wild garlic - it has pretty white fairy blossoms :o)
    Today we had a very hot day in Austria - I want to send you a little bit of our sunshine for your beautiful flowers - do you like it, Carolyn?
    Warm hugs from Austria, Traude

  13. So funny, you passed your shortest day and we our longest :-)!

    Your hyacints looks really pretty. The first signs of spring :-)!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

  14. Dear Carolyn,
    Thank you so much for coming over for a visit and your very kind words about my parrot..
    You know I did not see this new post come up on my dashboard.. That has happened alot as of late.

    I love your Orchids! I have never tried to grow them.. Nor have I attempted to grow garlic... Something to ponder.
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend dear friend.

  15. Oh I hope your planting works my friend...sending you some weekend love. xoxoxo

  16. Our longest day here in my part of the world really brought a lot of heat to our area Carolyn. The wildfires in the west are raging and I hope we get rain soon. It 'almost' makes me wish we could trade seasons : )

    I haven't planted garlic before. Can you believe it? And we eat a ton of it. My husband eats a couple of cloves every day!
    big hugs...

  17. Hi Carolyn,

    Beautiful flowers up there blooming in your gardens. I am now eager to see the progress of your garlics. I am sure they will come out neat and healthy and soon. Wish you happy days ahead :)

  18. Beautiful flowers indeed.
    Much love and many blessings
    :Love and hugs

  19. Beautiful Carolyn!!!!

    OH YOUR HUSBAND TOO is a prince? YEAH! He painted the ceiling AND cooked dinner? HE IS A WINNER! We spent yesterday scraping old wallpaper off my studio walls. The previous owners of this house painted over two layers of wallpaper. We bought a small steamer and just steamed away and scraped. My husband helped me but we were two very tired people yesterday!

    IT IS HOT HERE! I hope your weather is more bearable and ENJOY YOUR DAY! Anita

  20. How lovely, darling C!
    Hope you are having a fab weekend!


  21. what beautiful flowers! I love flowers!
    Have a good new week!

  22. Carolyn,
    No, I haven't grown garlic, but I have to say that I love it. It has so many health benefits. I also love to put it in the food I cook, especially Italian food. Your pink flowers are so pretty. It would be nice to walk out and see those. Have a nice weekend.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  23. Hi Carolyn,
    We have garlic groaning and it is a funny flower that stand around as tall as me! Like a BIG pompom!!
    YOu get the garlic bulbs in the autumn (at least here).
    Hugs to you!!


  24. Hi Carolyn,
    Haven't had the pleasure of planting garlic yet, but I'm now more curious about doing so. I've got a full crop of tomatoes, basil, and garlic is the next logical step. Looking forward to finding out how things turn out for you.

  25. HI CAROLYN!!!!|
    Beautiful flowers!!!and I forget you are in winter by now?????Oh my...I wish it was winter here again..I hate to RUSH it is..time flies and I am NOT getting younger for goodness sakes....I am 54!!!
    So I am trying to enjoy each and every day...even if it is 112 degrees outside.....oops you use I just will say IT IS HOT!!!
    Enjoy your flowers...
    and thanks for commenting on my bears./..there is More Bear pics under the Yellowstone story!!!

  26. Hi Carolyn,
    Your flowers are beautiful. I have not tried to plant garlic. I hope yours does well. We have had some luck with green peppers this season and a very tall tomato plant that has not produced any fruit yet. I hope it will. We are trying.

    Enjoy a wonderful day my friend.
    XO Blessings, Celestina Marie


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