I declare the bougainvillea to have survived. It’s only the sappy shoots that wilt, and they perk up again when the sun passes. Lots of other things get wilty in the midday sun too, then recover. It’s shooting along its branches and gradually flowering. I’ve put it back in the middle of the yard, and feel confident about going on a little spree for things to surround it.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned the orange jasmine yet, probably because it gives me no trouble. I can’t speak highly enough of this plant. There’s a big one that came with the house, and I bought another. Mine’s in strong sun and the resident one is in half-shade. Both seem happy, though mine has lighter leaves. It produces clusters of white flowers with a delicious and potent almond fragrance; both plants bloom profusely and seem to do so every few weeks to couple of months. When not in bloom the foliage is dense and attractive. It’s a plant that always seems to look good.
The red candelabra-ish plant below it is another reliable and very popular one here — it’s an ornamental ginger (Costus woodsonii I think).
This is the miniature orange tree I cut back to a stick and a leaf last year. It looks pretty pleased with itself!
I’ve been playing musical chairs again to try and keep everyone happy, including myself. The solandra is growing huge but hardly flowering; it was growing rather achingly towards the light, so I’ve moved it to the sunnier side of the porch. I’ve moved the palm to the sunniest corner of the yard, where it does a very nice job of filling space with dense, draping leaves. I’ll be adding more palms. I’ve moved the brunfelsia to the shady corner where the palm was, as they’re supposed to like shade.
The roses have been living for a while in a shadier spot — they still get light, but are by no means blasted by the sun — and are doing very well. Despite the temptation to move them to a place with possibilities for climbing, they seem as happy as clams where they are, so they can stay there with supporting stakes.
I bought another strophanthus from the flowerpot men who were passing by. I really love this plant. It’s pretty, the flowers smell great and they last a while (the one that was out when I bought the first plant about a week ago has only wilted now). They do, however, look rather bleached and wan in strong sun, so I’ve put both in bright shade with some direct light, and again I’ll see what happens.
The gardenias are thus far alive and well.
The maple-leafed hibiscus was struggling so much after its scale bug attack that I cut it back hard and bought another. Same deal with the scales. They love it to bits. I have to check it every couple of days and blast them off with water. I think I might have overwatered the first one, too; its pot doesn’t have great drainage, so I ought to transplant it.