22 Jun Seeking Some Shade
I am often found under the shade of two large Crepe Myrtle trees on our back terrace when the weather gets as hot as it has been recently. I have shown glimpses of this area before when I have posted pictures of my Camellias or looking out over the lawn to the tropical border. You get to it past my rose bed which is full of mainly old fashioned roses and different salvias. Tropical Storm Colin passed through Central Florida recently and everything got very bashed and soggy with the extremely heavy rains and blustery winds.
Although damaging I still think there is something very beautiful about roses laden with rain drops!
Unknown old tea rose
The towering Salvia Amistad that was in this bed got blown sideways and so it has been cut back and is coming up nicely again. Luckily some Salvia Black and Blue is still here much to the delight of the hummingbirds which love this flower.
A gravel and flagstone path leads of here to the back lawn and straight ahead is my Bermuda rose Anna Olivier mixed in with a small Lakeview Jasmine tree.
This is such a lovely Jasmine as it is well behaved and is powerfully scented. It seems to burst into bloom whenever it rains heavily
Some small Gardenias are also mixed in here.
At this point you step up onto the flagstone patio with a sitting area in front and a view over to the new gazebo. This area has three main trees that overhang it. A small Desert Cassia….
…and two large Natchez Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) with white flowers that hang down pendulously when it rains heavily.
The bark peels naturally to a lovely rich cinnamon color.
The border around this area is quite simply planted mainly with different Camellias but I also have some Daylilies and Plumbago in the sunnier areas.
Cashmere Pearls Daylily
Plumbago and Foxtail Fern
My study at the back of the house looks out to this area and also across the lawn to the waterfall beyond.
My old potting bench seems to get piled up with potted plants – things that don’t mind the heat such as succulents and herbs.
I have a lovely yellow Butterfly Vine or Mascagnia which is planted in a pot at the base and is climbing up over the top of the bench.
It was never actually supposed to be for here but I waited too long before I found a home for it and it started to grow up over the top. As it looked rather pretty I decided to let it stay!
Other container plants are dotted around this area in patches of shade or sun – whichever suits them best.
I rather like this new variety of Vinca or Madagascar Periwinkle which is a dark purple, as it goes well with the color of the sweet potato vine and the yellow of the Melampodium.
This container has a red Shrimp Plant or Justicia, some trailing Portulaca, Alternanthera and Red Ivy or Hemigraphis.
In fact I think I am slowly being overtaken by various pots and containers but, as I like to take cuttings or sow from seed, it’s hard sometimes to find a space for everything. Oliver is often draped around the back of them as he tries to find the coolest spot!
Or (of course) he opts for somewhere more comfortable…
Hope you enjoyed seeing another little area of the garden!