Here are some really crummy iPhone photos of my garden taken at exactly the wrong time of day. But I figured I might do a quick overview of what’s happening out there.
When Tom’s not quite as busy, I’ll have him go out at sunset with his good camera and take better shots. But in the meantime:
The garden is now working its way down the lanai. It’s mostly new hibiscus, plus my bromeliad collection (now in one giant pot!) and a sunflower I am trying to patiently wait to evolve into seeds. The round orbs are solar lights that come on at sunset.
What the “row” of plants looks like headed to the back of the lanai, where the bulk of the garden is.
Approaching the bulk of the container garden… (out that side door is one of my mini hummingbird/butterfly gardens)
I try and make little pathways between the groups of pots and planters so that the cats can get in and out. If I don’t leave space for them to go right up to the screen (so they can watch the birds) they *make* a path through whatever plant is blocking them, so I’ve found that if I leave spaces, they tend to leave my plants alone.
To the right is two planters of coleus, plus a shrimp plant I recently *really* cut back. Behind is some vinca and a gloxinia.
I just cut back the Phlox yesterday… and on the left is a succulent I have had since I started gardening.
More succulents, one of my camellia bonsai (way too young to be doing much of anything), and a start pot of alyssum.
I planted a few nasturtiums into the big eggplant planter. They aren’t blooming, but their leaves are lovely.
Hiding in there are a few eggplant…
I got a tad bit obsessed with geranium this past fall. (Apologies for the horrible photo). In the back are the tomato plants, another eggplant, and a few other things.)
Some of the geranium. I really want an orange one, and a purple one.
Buddha with basil. (the plastic strips across the tops of the pots are waterproof tape- I use it to keep the cats from digging in the pots until the seedlings are big enough to fill out the space).
Basil, bromeliad, a bonsai tree, a small coleus, an orchid, passiflora, and a planter with a bunch of different plants in it (aspargus fern, sweet potato vine, and something that Gracie brought home from camp last summer that turned into a weird giant succulent tree-thing..)
Looking down the pool. The first few pots are nasturtiums, which I’m re-growing (too many reds), and then another passiflora, some hydrangea, lots of hibiscus.