Foliage Follow Up in September

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Our garden in Kigali, Rwanda, this morning.

This is an area at the end of our front terrace, composed of mostly tropical foliage plants and shaded by a large red-blooming Mussaenda erythrophylla.

Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Follow Up the 16th of every month.

imagine it as one of those survivors in the old
swamps, shadowed by the grown, light-headed conifers:
fit for the damps, whose gentlest odor seems
corrosive, mightily akin to older, shadowed ferns

Alan Dugan, from “Philodendron

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September Bloom Day

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Our garden in Kigali, Rwanda, September 2014.

To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.


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The Sunday porch: Mobile, Alabama

The Sunday porch:enclos*ure- Tom Riley Hse., 1936, Mobile, Ala., HABS“Tom Riley House,” 256 North Jackson Street, Mobile, Alabama, September 1936, by E. W. Russell for an Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Decaying. . . but still elegant.

A Google street view for this address shows an empty lot, but the house next door is still standing.


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Life in gardens: satisfaction

girl with possessions, museum victoriaThe queen poses in her side-yard kingdom with her horses and doll-courtiers, 1925, Euston District, New South Wales, via Museum Victoria.

Contributed by Beryl Leslie to “The Biggest Family Album of Australia” project.

Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. . .
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life in gardens: two mowers

Two mowers, 1956, Museum VictoriaAnother nice backyard scene via Museum Victoria: John and George Lee with push mowers, September 1956, Greensborough, near Melbourne, Australia.

The photo was contributed by Mrs. Brenda Lee to The Biggest Family Album of Australia project.


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