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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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Life in gardens: fall flower show

Fall flower show, via Library of Congress. . . at P.S. 15, Manhattan, New York City, ca. 1921, by Paul & Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This hand-colored glass lantern slide was used by Frances Benjamin Johnston in her garden lecture series.

The original black and white photo may have been taken for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Its online photo collection has several 1921 pictures of P.S. 15 and P.S. 62 children working in their “nature rooms.”

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Vintage landscape: peony garden

Peony Garden, 1890s, via MOPAPeony garden, ca. 1890s, by Kusakabe Kimbeivia Museum of Photographic Arts on flickr.

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Wordless Wednesday: jardin exotique

Jardin des Plantes, LoC“A Midsummer Trip to the West Indies,” Harper’s Magazine, August 1888, by Harry Fenn, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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