Savannah. Charleston. New Orleans. San Antonio. These colonial-era cities inspire the courtyard garden ideal: green and lush, with beautiful plants, pools and fountains, paved with stone, tiles or bricks, & protected by sheltering walls with gates that reveal a table and chairs for cocktails or an al fresco meal...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Some Courtyard Blooms

Adenium obesum, desert rose, in a pot on a side table in my back courtyard. This gets sun most of the day but only blooms once a summer, usually in late June. What about yours? I wonder if it would bloom more than once with the right treatment...

An extremely long-lasting bloom from my Jatropha podagrica, or Buddha-belly in my courtyard. The blooms are a florescent red-orange which was almost captured in this picture by my iPhone. I bring it in for the winter with the desert rose, above. The buddha belly immediately drops all of its leaves but starts blooming its little heart out all winter. The orange is so bright, it always commands attention, like a weird pointsettia.

A mauve-rose water lily at the McNay. I am trying my hand at two tropical water lilies from Water Garden Gems, east of San Antonio on I 10. It is an awesome water garden resource! Mine are in the syrup kettle, and seem to be doing well, pictures are forthcoming.

A smaller hybrid of Canna indica, this one only about 2.5 to 3 feet tall, including bloom spikes, from the outer garden at the McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas. The smaller blooming cannas seem more natural to me, with their narrower blooms. What do you think?

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