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Our courtyard was at its peak a couple of weeks ago, but still looks quite nice. This is the time of the year in the Sonoran Desert, however, when temps are climbing and some of our cooler weather plants begin to shut down. Our trailing pansies highlighted here are all but gone. In the picture above, the flower pot all the way to the right contains our doorway guardians, very pretty pink geraniums. As you can see (below), the foliage is still quite nice, but the buds are blasting.
Here’s a better picture…
Each spring/early summer we have a ritual whereby we replace the geraniums with vinca. I have espoused the virtues of vinca several times, but most notably here. Since we have already planted several large pots of vinca in our backyard, we save some of the plants that were in the multi-pack for this purpose. They have become our Courtyard Ladies in Waiting and this week they will take center stage beside the doorway.
The ladies in waiting above sit in front of our snail vine, but there is also a single lady waiting patiently to see if she will be chosen for sentinel duty by the door.
Last year we had this angelonia that performed superbly and we were able to winter it over and give her another dramatic spot in the garden this year.
We were so pleased with the performance that we also bought a pink mate to place on the opposite courtyard wall.
Here is another picture of the pink angelonia’s quarters with her “buds!”
In addition to our Ladies in Waiting, we also have a variegated bower vine in training. As you can see by the picture below we are training it to grow onto and up the curved trellis on the courtyard’s eastern wall.
We are hoping for a well appointed courtyard by mid-summer, but in gardening like other things, one never knows. I hope your garden vision is coming along this year as well.
Do you have any Ladies in Waiting?
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