Perhaps it's because I haven't spent much time out in the garden this summer, or maybe it's just been perfect weather for tropicals in St. Louis, but I'm particularly pleased and impressed with things in the back yard this year.
Especially the tropicals and tropical-looking annuals (like castor bean). I know I've show them to you recently but I swear they've put on another foot (30cm) of height since then. I just have to show them again!
Starting with the deck. When I see photos of a patio or deck out in the open, exposed to the yard (and neighbors) I think "why?"
There's no reason you can't have the privacy and coziness that big, luscious plants can provide. Who wouldn't want to sit out here right now?
I really need to measure the height of those castor beans. They must be 15' (4.5m) tall...
The volunteers are even bigger and fuller now too:
I would have never planted a castor bean here, but it looks so great!
A view I don't show too often, under the deck:
That's one of my no-soil Amorphophallus konjac plants in the middle of the path. I've potted a couple up (in soil) but a few remain to do.
Some wider shots from the window of the living room:
And from the bedroom window:
Pulling back a bit to see some of the mess of the driveway too:
I'm so pleased with this mess!
With cool temperatures finally here (a week of 70's F follows a week of 90's) I'll be enjoying the garden a bit more and/or tackling a couple of the remaining projects.
It won't be long before this lushness is just a memory, and all that remains are the structures and the bamboo...