Good afternoon Folks,
It is very warm and humid. It’s almost 4 p.m. and the skies are gray, it is starting to sprinkle and there is thunder to the southwest of us.
This morning I did some clean up in the main garden area, then decided to mow, knowing rain was expected. Then DH decided to trim the sea hibiscus that hangs over our fence to the east of us, and we were both sopping and dropping after that. But, did I quit, no, we had cloud cover so I did some weeding and trimming, until my body said, ‘hey, wait a minute, don’t do one more thing. That’s it for now.’ So, I quit, took a shower and fixed lunch and was beat. A nap was in order after lunch and reading for a bit.
In the last week, we put up the top section of the lattice surrounding the humongous rain barrel. We cut the roll roofing that we had between the house and the sidewalk to fit new space, as DH had moved the sidewalk closer to house to accommodate the French drain from overflow of the rainbarrel. We weeded, raked and leveled the area, then laid the stuff back down. I’m going to work on the path before planting any blue pea vine seedlings to grow up the lattice. I did stick some Vanda orchids in the lattice and will add more later. There’s an awning over the bedroom window.
So, I got the idea for seating in that area, and thought of a broken tiled, concrete bench top. We had the two bases for it, just had to round them up. DH had to cut some rebar that was sticking out from the bottoms since we didn’t want to poke holes in the roofing material. (We use this roll roofing around the base of our house outside, so that nothing will grow there and to keep termites at bay.)
I have an idea for the wall space to the left of the window. I’ll post a picture later.
The screen door leads into the ‘cat-rium’ behind our cottage where the outdoor shower, jacuzzi, and claw foot tub are, as well as a nice swing and table and chairs. Tork sleeps in there at night.
On to what is happening in the gardens.
Our Queen Crepe is in bloom. I love it.
An unknown orchid with sunlight behind.
Dwarf orchid tree, Bauhinia acuminata
Blue pea vine bloom.
Hamelia paten with bees in next two pictures.
Zebra longwing and hamelia paten blooms. Hummers, butterflies, bees, and other flying critters love this plant. It is probably at least 10 ft. tall now.
A passion flower not quite open yet.
A Cocktail rose bloom on the wane. I loved the raindrops on it.
Climbing Maman cochet bloom.
We curbside shopped this mirror last year and one piece came off. I want to take the whole thing apart to have all these neat pieces to add to fencing here and there for sparkle, color and depth in the garden.
Here I am in a section of the beveled mirror that is mounted to the back fence in the main garden.
Well, that’s it for now. It’s time to think about supper and have a glass or two of wine.