Monday, 25 April 2016

Summer Blues




Blue Agapanthus are common plants
in both New Zealand and Australia.
It's a sign of Summer in both our countries.
I took these photos when I was in Maldon, Australia
at Christmas.



In New Zealand 
Agapantus have been declared an invasive weed
by The Department of Conservation.

It is thought it arrived here with soldiers returning
from the second Boer War in South Africa.
It seems growing conditions here are perfect
and they can be found from North Cape
to Stewart Island, the southern most point of 
our country.



Aggies - as they're affectionately called
line the pathway to the house where we stayed.

Needless to say I felt quite at home here
thanks to the gorgeous blue aggies!




I'm joining Jeanne for 


Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt




Shane







29 comments:

Janneke said...

I love your blue aggies, I remember I first saw them in the wild at Madeira, a very long time ago. Since that time I have them in the garden in tubs. sigh...they are very heavey, because they fill the tubs soon (grow like weeds) and I have 9 of them to put in the greenhouse for overwintering.
Have a nice week!

Elizabethd said...

How sad to think of them as invasive weeds! I treasure my two plants and can't wait to see them flower.

Daniela said...

I so love blue Agapanthus, but they don't grow so easily in our climate, alas !
Thank you for sharing your stunning photographs, my dearest Shane !

Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you most wonderful days to come, sending love to you

Dany

Sylvia said...

The Agapanthus are so pretty, don't believe I've seen them before. I love the gate and the pathway lined with them.

riitta k said...

Your aggies are beautiful! They do not survive here outside during the winter....

xinex said...

Gorgeous! I used to have them in MS and they were one of my favorites....Christine

Vee said...

Lovely, but invadive...tough choice! Course lilies of the valley are invasive and lupine. I'd let lupine, reminiscent of those aggies, take over the world, but as pretty as the wee lilies are and as fragrant, I work hard to keep them at bay.

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Shane, I adore Agapanthus, but have great difficulty in growing them here in the North East of England, I think the ground is too wet for them, so it was such a treat to see the path lined with Agapanthus.... I love it.
Do you know, I never imagined they would be classed as invasive weeds.... what a shame.
Best wishes
Daphne

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I wouldn't mind those flowers invading my garden. I see them everywhere (or something similar) when I visit California, but for some reason, probably weather related, they don't grow here where I live in Pennsylvania. We might get too hot in the summer for them to grow.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello dear Shane, there's a true summer atmosphere in these lovely photos. (The weather looks very hot.) The blue "aggies" do look gorgeous! What a wonderful colour!
Thank you for sharing. Here it has been snowing today. :)
Have a lovely new week!

Madeline's Album said...

The agapanthus are so beautiful its not a weed to me but a pretty flower. Great photos. Have a blessed day and a wonderful week. Madeline

Jeanie said...

We're just starting to bloom here but nothing like that! Gorgeous in every way!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Anything that can grow abundantly without the intervention of man and look that good is more than just a weed in my book. :)

Claudia said...

Dear Shane,
this Agapantus ist georgeous! I got a Baby-Plant from a friend last year, but no flowers yet, I guess, I have to wait, until she got a bit bigger ;O)
Sending Love and hugs for a blessed and joyful new week,
Claudia xo

Stephanie said...

Beautiful images, precious friend. Seeing flowers always puts a song in my heart and a smile on my face :)

Thinking of you! Have a lovely week. Hugs!

Annesphamily said...

Funny that something so beautiful is considered a weed. Very nice photo capture and nice share. Enjoy your weekend.

LV said...

How great it would be to have some of your native flowers. Never make in the Texas tho.

It's me said...

Wowww Shane...agapanthus are my favorite...like the blue and also the white one's....love from me Ria x

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Those are beautiful flowers and I love the color of them Shane!
Enjoy the week.
Julie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are a lovely color. We had plants and shrubs taking over our flower beds so we have pulled them out and are starting to replant. It's a job! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

Frances said...

What a surprise to learn that the beautiful blue aggies are an invasive species. I don't know if I would have the heart to stop their conquests.

xo

ellen b said...

Lovely blues. We had those aggies in our yard when we lived in Southern California. Hope you have a beautiful week...

Joy H said...

Beautiful flowers! And I love your blog banner :)
Joy @ Books and Life

Lorrie said...

Beautiful blue agapanthus! How sad that they are invasive in New Zealand. One never knows in taking plants from one continent to another.

Pauline W said...

Love the aggies. They make such wonderful roadside plants. But let one get established in the garden! And you have them there forever.

Amy at love made my home said...

Isn't it amazing that something declared an invasive weed in one country can be considered a tender beauty in another! That is what we consider agapanthus to be in the UK. I think they are beautiful - the ones in your photos are - but I can understand how there can be too much of a good thing!

Marilyn Miller said...

These flowers always remind me of my mother. In California you can often find them growing along the freeways. My mom loved to drive and she loved seeing those blue flowers along the roads. They are a bit invasive in California too.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It's too bad something so pretty has been declared invasive. Poor things!

Linda P said...

I love the Agapanthus plant as it always reminds me of my mother who had two big tubs full of them. One got passed on to our daughter and I must ask her how it's doing. Have a lovely week dear Shane.

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