Technically, because Kigali is a few degrees south of the equator, it is early summer here.
But — given that the temperature is almost always in the 70ºs or low 80ºs — it is more relevant that we are almost three months into the end-of-the-year rainy season.
In late October, I came back from five weeks in the U.S. to rampant growth in all the planting beds. Now, I need to wade in and do some serious cutting back all over.
To see what’s blooming for other garden bloggers, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens here.
Here are some of the flowers that are blooming in my garden today.
Russelia equisetiformis or coral or firecracker plant
Pale yellow R. equisetiformis
The plants fountain over the retaining wall.
R. equisetiformis in front of Lantana camera
L. camera or Spanish Flag
Oenothera missouriensis or Missouri primrose
Strelitzia or bird of paradise
Orange and yellow dahlia
Looking up into Brugmansia or angel’s trumpet
Kniphofia uvaria or red-hot poker
Aster oolentangiensis or sky blue aster in the cutting garden
Garlic chives seedhead
Bearded iris and marigolds
GBBD — the 15th of every month — is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Click here to see other garden bloggers’ mid-June flowers.
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Miriam had allowed her interest in gardening, which had gradually grown to a full-fledged hobby, to consume and define her. . . . She didn’t care for clothes anymore, just equipment; knee pads, trowels, a little bench to carry about and kneel on. To pray to her god, the garden.
— William H. Gass, from Middle C
(In the novel, the main character’s mother discovers her love for gardening after he gives her a stolen packet of annual seeds.)