After some rain

All night the sound had
come back again,
and again falls
this quiet, persistent rain. . . .

— Robert Creeley, from “The Rain

Our garden on August 31, at the end of the dry season:Our garden in the dry season/enclos*ure

And on September 11, after several days of rain:Our September garden in Rwanda/enclos*ure

Much better. After the first rain or two, everything seemed almost sparkly.

Below (click on any of the thumbnails in the gallery) is a little tour of the borders along the upper and lower lawns, taken on September 11 — just before sunset — and yesterday afternoon.

I think this will be my slightly early Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-Up submission for September. Please go to May Dreams Gardens (Bloom Day on September 15) and Digging (Foliage Follow-Up on September 16) to see what’s happening in other Garden Bloggers’ gardens.

Bloom Day in July: tropical hibiscus

About 8:30 this morning:
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in July, tropical hibiscus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

Five hours later:
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in July, tropical hibiscus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

Well. . . aloha.
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in July, tropical hibiscus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

This is the second bloom I’ve seen on this particular tropical hibiscus. None of my others are this flashy dramatic.

Surrounding it are several Justicia brandegeeana or shrimp plants, which are always in bloom.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in July, tropical hibiscus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

This is a small planting bed near the entrance to the front terrace. We removed* all the old clipped shrubs from this area early last summer, but in a combination of fatigue and indecision, I just cut this bush to the ground, thinking it could die (or not) in place.

A couple of months ago, I noticed that it had sent up two stems and that flower buds were developing.  I was a little amazed about a week and a half ago when the first one opened.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in July, tropical hibiscus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day in July, tropical hibiscus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

It goes well with the shrimp plants, so I’ll just leave it here and keep it pruned to about 4′ – 5′ tall.  The yellow-flowering plant in front of it is a Missouri primrose (Oenothera missouriensis).  It is an American native annual that self-seeds around the garden.

Cactus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

On the opposite end of the showy-ness scale, I discovered last week that our cactus-like Euphorbia (above and below) is blooming.

Cactus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

The flowers are a little over a 1/4″ across.

Cactus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

Cactus in our Kigali garden/enclos*ure

GBBD — the 15th of every month — is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Click here to see other garden bloggers’ mid-July flowers.


*It was among the bushes on the right in this photo. It was always clipped, so it probably hasn’t bloomed for a long time.