Garden Photo of the Day

Happy New Year!

Walking back down the lawn, the planting beds on the left side of the steps. (June)

Happy New Year, everyone! Enjoy one last day in Cynthia's garden in Rwanda.

Make this the year you share your garden with all of us. We're a pretty nice crowd. We don't bite. Send photos to [email protected]

Come and meet up at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!

I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!

The RSVPs so far:

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
May Kald (GrannyMay) – tentative
Catherine Campbell (CrannyCC) – tentative
Tia Scarce
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Sheila Schultz
Shirley Graves
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)


So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton?  I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…

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Winter jasmine hanging over the handrails, and orange bird of paradise and variegated ornamental ginger in front. (August)

Purple Verbena bonariensis, which I grew from seed. (July)

On the top left, a large white rosebush at the top of the retaining wall.  A traveller’s palm at the end of the bed. (August)

At the top, on the left, a large cactus-like Euphorbia, with Heliconia rostrata or lobster claws to its right.  The very tall lobster claws used to grow on either side of the center steps, obscuring the view of the hills, so they were some of the first plants that we moved.  At the end of the planting bed are three climbing red roses.  I don’t really have anywhere for them to climb, so I bent the stems over and pinned them down. (November)

Looking down the lower lawn from the south end, with the traveller’s palm on the right. (November)

Looking down the lawn from the south.  The red blooming plant on the left is Justicia or shrimp plant. (June)

Looking across the lower lawn. (November)

On the left, the west-side planting bed along the lower lawn.  When we arrived in 2011, there was only a clipped bourgainvillea hedge here and a very narrow bed with a few small trees and shrubs.  We enlarged the bed, while still leaving enough grass to pitch large tents for entertaining. (November)

At the south end of the bed, an orchid pink azalea in the back; cannas and Kniphofia in front. (August)
In the foreground, pink Pentas laceolata.  White Hymenocallis littoralis or beach spiderlilies are planted along the front of the bed.  The large burgundy red succulent emerging from the hedge in the center is Euphorbia grantii (aka Synadenium grantii), possibly the rubra variety.  It’s also called African milk bush and is native to East Africa. (November)
Pentas. (August)

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    meander_michaele 01/01/2015

    Happy New Year to you, Cynthia... although by the time I type this, it might already be Jan. knowledge of time zones outside the USA needs improvement. I love reading some of the African names of your plant material (although, of course, you kindly translated things to English) the red leaved succulent euphorbia being commonly known as African Milk doubt, the name reflects the milky whitish sap the stems bleed. This garden looks as lush in Nov. s it does in Aug....what a treat.

    1. Cindy_at_enclos_ure 01/02/2015

      Thank you! There's a page on my blog ( with the names and some culture notes for most of the plants in my garden (I'll try to add more this week).

  2. annek 01/01/2015

    Beautiful garden Cynthia. The deep and lush beds are fabulous and boast such a variety of plants! Well done

    Hey Michelle, I plan on attending the NWFS this February...hope to see many of the GPODers there

    1. Cindy_at_enclos_ure 01/02/2015

      Thank you! and thanks to Michelle and Fine Gardening for showing it.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/02/2015

    Such a park-like estate! I am trying to pick a favorite plant or view, but I can't! Both euphorbia are amazing, the ginger spectacular and the traveler's palm such a stately presence. Thanks for bringing a slice of Rwanda to us!

  4. GrannyMay 01/02/2015

    Managed to miss this posting yesterday. Still loving the gorgeous views and plants. When does the bougainvillea hedge bloom and for how long? It must be a spectacular swathe of colour at that time. I don't know why I am surprised to see roses, except that I thought they didn't appreciate living somewhere where they couldn't have a dormant period. Thanks again Cynthia.

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