As the summer heat comes to an end,* I thought you might enjoy this repeat porch from July 2012.
This sleeping porch for hot summer nights was added to the roof of the White House during the Taft Administration (1909 – 1913). Photo by National Photo Company, via Library of Congress.
It’s a little funny to think of the country’s first family climbing up to the roof to bed down in what is basically a shed with screened sides.
Click here to read more about sleeping porches.
*Fall officially begins on Tuesday in the northern hemisphere.
Child with white chickens, taken between 1890 and 1922, by Hugh Mangum, via David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University (on flickr).
Mangum was a traveling photographer who worked along a rail circuit in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. You can see his portraits here.
A fenced-in backyard in Georgia, ca. 1899, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
These photos were included in one of several albums depicting African American life, which were compiled by W. E. B. Du Bois for the 1900 Paris Exposition.
There’s a brief history of the American backyard here. Until the 20th century, it was a space for work, not recreation.
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“
Our garden in Kigali, Rwanda, September 2014.
To see what’s blooming in other garden bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.