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Cynthia's have i Rwanda

This is our driveway.  If you parked your car in the back, you would walk this way to get to the front terrace and the front door.  The overhanging tree on the left is a white-blooming Plumeria sp. 

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

This is also along the driveway, looking to our acacia tree. There is a Ravenalas madagascariensis or traveler’s palm behind it.  (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

The planting beds in this area end in acute angles, so we finished them off with stone paving. (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Another view of the acacia tree, which now has orchids growing between its branches. (April)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Yellow-blooming orchids in the acacia tree. (November)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Turning to the left from the last photo, this is the entrance to the terrace and the house.  Sadly, the crape myrtle on the left side has never thrived (powdery mildew), and I think I will take it out and move the small palm tree between the pots (in the center) to that spot.

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

The upper lawn in front of the terrace.  When we arrived in 2011, there were 3’ – 4’ clipped hedges on either side of this space, with just a 3’ wide grass path down the center.  The columns were covered with vines.  The arrangement made the terrace feel claustrophobic and obscured the wonderful view. (July)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

There are two retaining walls (3’-4’ high) between the upper lawn and the lower lawn, with a planting bed between them.  In this picture, from the right: an orange-blooming tropical hibiscus, orange Kniphofia uvaria, blue Evolvulus ‘Blue Sapphire,’ Graptopelum in pots, and yellow daylilies. (August)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Turning around from the last photo – in the lower left corner: variegated ornamental ginger; and, in the middle: a large Croton bush (both growing in the middle planting bed between the two retaining walls.  The grey-blue succulent is Kalanchoe, possibly “mother of millions,” K. daigremontiana. There is a very large red-flowering Mussaenda erythrophylla vine (aka “Ashanti blood”) growing up into the acacia tree.  Its leaves and bracts look very much like a poinsettia.  The acacia also had small white blooms in this photo. (April)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

The pink flowers on the left are Clerodendron thomsoniae var. delectum.  It is a vine, which I have growing on 4’ high supports. (April)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

An unidentified small shrub rose in the same area. (April)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

This is the space at the other end of the front terrace.  Another Mussaenda is on the right. (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

The view from the center of the terrace in late afternoon. (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Descending the center steps and looking to the right: beside the handrail are purple-blue blooming Stachytarpheta.  Beyond them are blue Eranthemum nervosum shrubs and orange lantana to the left. (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Detail of the same area: to the lower right are blue Evolvulus with Stachytarpheta to its left. (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Cobalt blue Eranthemum nervosum shrub. (April)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

 

At the bottom of the steps, looking to the right: the yellow flowers are double Rudbeckia laciniata or double cutleaf coneflowers, and the red blooms in the center – cascading down from the planting bed at the top of the retaining wall -- are red and cream Russelia equisetiformis. 


Cynthias have i Rwanda

Closeup of Rudbeckia laciniata.(August)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Red Epidendrum ibaguense orchids on the left. (April)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Closeups of Russelia equisetiformis and Stachytarpheta. (August)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Looking back toward the center steps: a large kale plant at the bottom left. (June)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Looking down the lower lawn from the north end. (August)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

Looking down the lower lawn from the north.  We put two large clay pots among the tall pines at the other end. (August)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

In the previous photo, on the left, there is dark blue Salvia guartanitica or black and blue sage and a peach-blooming abutilon. (August)

 

Cynthias have i Rwanda

and, on the right, purple coneflowers, which I grew from seed. (August).

 


 

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