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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. . .

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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In our garden: Ross’s Turaco

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. . . an occasional large and dramatic avian visitor to our garden — about 30′ up, climbing around in one of our several Grevillea robusta trees.

Also known as Lady Ross Turacos, the birds are about 18″ long with mostly dark blue feathers. I got a very quick look at the ends of this one’s wings — bright red and only visible in flight.

I have seen them in different tall trees around the garden before — the last time in a pair. The males and females look exactly alike.

Today, this one was making only a noisy, repetitive croak, which drew me to look for it.  But, previously, I have also heard them make a more melodious call, which I remember as sort of a loud cooing sound (a contradictory description, I know).

My soul into the boughs does glide;
There like a bird it sits and sings,
Then whets, and combs its silver wings;
And, till prepar’d for longer flight,
Waves in its plumes the various light.

– Andrew Marvell, from “The Garden

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Our garden: sunflowers

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Just a little follow up to yesterday’s Bloom Day. . . .

The sunflowers I planted about a year and a half ago have continued to self-seed.

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They like to come up in the paths of the vegetable garden.

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

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Bloom Day in August

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Flowers in the borders around our lower lawn, August 15, 2014.

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

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