One of the best things about Auckland is that even in winter, where is raining cats and dogs, the garden is always bright with flowers. My orchids are blooming I have two yellow/green ones two different pink ones (although only one has flowers now). I always wanted to have orchids and these sturdy types can live outside, as long as they are in a sheltered spot. Also the Reinwardtia, or yellow flax, is still full of flowers, even after all that rain and hail we had in the past week.
No blooms from my white camellia yet, but the red one is full of flowers, they are lovely cut flowers for Japanese ikebana and for decorations (like for my bento here). The Rhododendron towering over the carport is also full of flowers, usually they stay for a couple of months, and by September the tree is almost all pink. Potted flowers: the hyacinths are just starting outside...
... while indoors they have already bloomed.
And the recipe for today is a mango pudding revisited: my fool proof recipe for mango and agar agar pudding is here, and for the colourful twist I just added a few mixed berries to the mixture. It looked so pretty that I will definitely make it again.
Happy weekend everyone!
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©