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Sizzlin' Summer ~
Category: Zuzu's Bloomin' Blog | Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:48 pm
Yipes, it's been a long time since I made an entry here!
I can't believe that August will soon be over - the time has simply flown!
It's been one thing after the other all season long,
and the end is not yet in sight.
There have been a few little crises in my hubby's family,
nothing too major, but it has all meant a bit of coming and going
at a time when I should have been working steadily away in the garden.
Now I am hopelessly behind with all of my outdoor tasks,
and hubby and I are expecting another arrival sometime this evening.
Still, there is a certain comfort in those words
... "hopelessly behind" ...
I can almost give myself permission to give up trying.
Anyhow, a couple of days ago (when I should have been doing chores)
I took the time to walk around the place and snap some pictures.
Tibouchina grandifolia - grown as tall as the eaves and blooming.
If I had kept up with the pruning early this summer,
this wouldn't be quite as tall, and it would be blooming more profusely.
This year the container plantings in the gravel courtyard are a wild mix,
Plumerias, Colocasias, Coleus, Caladiums, Daturas, Begonias and more ...
- all thrown together, for better or worse -
We can still make our way up to the front door - if we walk single-file -
I won't be able to put off the pruning here for much longer.
A mixture of flowering vines growing on the wire trellis
against the south end of the house.
The Moonflowers flood the drive and patio with perfume all evening.
More Colocasias give the patio area a tropical feeling which I like,
while the orange Ginger flowers scent the air all day.
The gurgle of a new small fountain makes the patio
seem just a bit cooler and more comfortable in the summer's heat,
and Impatiens add some color to the shadiest part of the patio.
One of the sunniest parts of my garden is in front of the glasshouse,
I'm not very happy with the summer plantings in this bed,
I'm still looking for just the right combination of plants for this spot.
Back into the shade - and here's something I do like,
these plants that remind me of fountains of water spraying up
from these cobalt planters.
Botticelli's Venus soaks her feet in the pond,
I sometimes join her and sit at the edge,
dangling my legs and reading a book
while the goldfish nibble at my toes.
You're welcome to join us ... I'm sure the fish would enjoy a new flavor.
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