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Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTOS! Cynthia’s garden in Rwanda

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Cynthia Goodson

Yes, Rwanda…exciting, yes?! Today's photos are from Cynthia Goodson. She says, "My husband and I have lived in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is with the U.S. Embassy, since early September.  Our house has a large, mature garden with many tropical plants, shrubs, and trees, but I think my favorite is this old cycad, which is quite regal. It has recently begun to put out a new crown of leaves." So cool, Cynthia! Would you say that Rwanda's climate is similar to southern California, if it can be compared to any climate in the states? I'd love to know.

*****When Cynthia sent these photos in, she also gave me a link to her blog, enclos*ure. I visited and was instantly hooked. I was especially moved by her post on Rosamond Carr, whose garden she visited recently. You just have to read it. Click here!*****

OK, so if someone from Rwanda can send me pictures from their garden, SO CAN YOU! Keep sending in your pics, folks. We still have 17 states to go! Yeah, that's right, Alaska, I'm talkin' to YOU….

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 02/20/2012

    Without a doubt, those photos of the cycad are very cool. The opening fronds are beautiful and fascinating with their sculptural curling precision. Mother Nature never fails to impress in her artistry!
    I, too, would be interested to know what US state has climate most similar to Rwanda.

  2. pattyspencer 02/20/2012

    Very different! Love the opening fronds too. Really nice to see someone's garden plants from the other side of the world.

  3. Annek 02/20/2012

    What a magnificent, structural plant! Thanks for sending, Cynthia. And the Enclos*ure blog site is FABULOUS! Wonderful links and photographs and the Etta James tune...marvelous! Thank you for sharing a piece of your world and personality.

  4. tractor1 02/20/2012

    What interesting flora, I wish the photos included more of the surroundings.

    Meander1: it's easy to find information about Rwanda's climate, etc.

    I'm sure it would be a fabulous place to visit however I don't think I'd want to live there. I lived in Belize for a while thinking to retire there and although facinating I decided not to stay, life there is too difficult, third world living is fine for young people but not so much as one becomes older. The flora and fauna of Belize is probably the most spectacular on the planet.

  5. 3rdHouse 02/20/2012

    How stunning! This post gives me an acute case of what Thomas Hobbs calls "Zonal Denial" .

  6. GreenGrowler 02/20/2012

    It just goes to show that even in the faraway reaches of Earth, we are still connected! Cynthia, your cycad reminds me of the more exotic type of yucca - love the architectural element. Thanks for the photos.

  7. PennyJPumpernickle 02/21/2012

    God's artwork magnificent, and your photos are great!!!

  8. sheilaschultz 02/21/2012

    Cynthia, your photography shows what I want to see... the beauty of your cycads. The unfurling fronds are so delicate and beautiful. Thank you for bringing me a touch of Rwanda. It is on my bucket list of places to see. Please continue sending Michelle your photos. I'm heading to your blog now...

  9. sheilaschultz 02/21/2012

    Me again... it's going to take a bit of time to assimilate your blog. Your writing may be more beautiful than your gardens, but I think they probably go hand in hand. Thank you.

  10. Cindy_at_enclos_ure 02/21/2012

    Thanks to everyone for your kind comments about my cycad photos. I think Michelle is right that our climate in Rwanda is closest to southern California's, although not as dry, especially in the northwest. We get a short rainy season, starting about September; a short dry season, about January; a long rainy season, mid February; and a long dry season, about May to August. January and August are generally agreed to be the hottest months, with temperatures in the 80s. In the rainy seasons, it can be in the 60s at night, less in the north. The most fertile ground is in the northwest, where you find volcanic soil. I have to say that Kigali is pretty much gardening heaven.

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