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How the Garden Grows

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, we put in place my birthday present--an arched trellis that I've been planning as the entryway to my sea hibiscus boulevard. (Last year I grew the sea hibiscuses up from seeds gathered off the mother tree up the road. One of the babies is already as tall as the gutters. They're well on their way to becoming the living fence I had in mind.)

First, one turns the corner past the Mexican petunia bed on the left and the heliconia, ti plant, and Plant from Mars on the right. If anyone can tell me what Plant from Mars is, I'd appreciate knowing. I haven't been able to find it anywhere online, and our landscaper's brother, who claims to know everything, doesn't know. It just grew there one day, I chop it back periodically, and it shoots up again. It has frilly white edges on its big, cabbagelike leaves. It's dead ahead in this picture, looking like a four-fingered hand reaching for the sky.

A detail, for the botanists among you:

Then you bear left beneath the arched gateway. Gilda found an odd plant at Lowe's called Dutchman's Pipe, which we've planted at the base of the trellis and are training to climb it. Here you can also see one of our sea grapes on the right and, beyond the trellis, the row of noble sea hibiscus plants. See how big they are?

Here you can see the heliconia and, in the background, Bullwinkle, our staghorn fern, hanging on the tree. Things grow almost in spite of their gardeners here, which is a very good thing in my case.

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