10 Sep Garden snapshot: Living table makeover, climbing philodendron and a Nymphaea ‘Midnight’ water lily debut
Our whiskey barrel pond has been feeling a little bit Monet, a little bit Midcentury Modern. It’s our first season growing water lilies, and these amethyst blooms are STUNNAS. These Nymphaea ‘Midnight’ flowers are compact, about six inches in diameter, with stems that eek less than two inches above the surface of our mini pond. Round, notched water lily leaves plaster the surface of the water.
They might be modest, but man — water lilies are bewitching in person. The plant pops next to the kidney-shaped black acrylic platforms that Ryan designed as a side-table and also to protect our fish (currently absent due to a night-stalking chupacabra and pending additional shielding).
Meanwhile, our epidendrum orchid is bangin’ out delicate scarlet flowers. (It blooms throughout the year, leading to pods that release impossibly tiny, fiberglass-like seeds.) Ryan refinished his original living table and installed an entirely new plant arrangement using many of the succulents we acquired from the big drought tolerant show earlier this year. I’m in the (I hope) last semester of my Warren Wilson MFA studies, so I’ve been reading and writing, pen to notebook, a lot in our outdoor living room. We’ve had some friends come over. Shoe-wise, I picked up a pair of summer-to-fall transition sandals so perfect — down to the iridescent patent straps — that I may never take these babies off.
Around the perimeters of our garden, the climbers rule. Most are still babies, including three varieties of Dutchman’s pipe, a jade vine, and a new favorite, Black Gold philodendron. We’ve fully entered passion fruit season here as our first-ever juicy harvest from the Passiflora edulis vine has us blissed out. Move over, pomegranate — there’s a new “caviar of fruit” in town.
We have one single blessed tomato from our ‘Patio Tomato’ plant, which kinda reminds us of this recent story in The Onion. But our jalapeños? Our jalapeños are en fuego.
Read on for the latest photos! We’re going to be taking a week (or so) off, but we’ll be snapping photos of our wanderings, so be sure to join us on Instagram. And in the meantime, check out footage from the current state of our garden…