A Different Tuesday View: The Tropics 09.20.16

The weeks have been flying by too quickly and once again I find it’s time to join up with Cathy for the Tuesday view.  If you remember last week there were tarps and shingles flying, and since the roofer also happens to be a friend of mine, guilt had me up there over the weekend lugging bundles around and throwing in a hand to help out (even if it was only for an hour or two).  The view is nice up there, and what better vantage point for this week’s view?

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The Tuesday view from above. I think we can safely say the bed has filled in and keep in mind all the canna clumps tower at least 8 feet.

A view from the top reminds me of a similar post over at The Rusty Duck last year.  Jessica was up the scaffolding getting a new outlook on the garden, and although she made it slightly higher than the roofline of my neighbor’s one story ranch, I think the effect is the same.  Something about seeing the same old view from a different perspective always makes it seem new and exciting again… even though my wife was less than excited to find out I also took my daughter up there.

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The back end of the tropical garden.  I love the purple napier grass (pennisetum) but the banana is my favorite by far 🙂

A new look or not there’s really nothing special worth mentioning this week.  Don’t get me wrong, I spend far too much time each week just soaking in the color and lushness of this bed, but I’m going to try and be considerate and spare you yet another stripped canna leaf close-up or castor bean portrait.  I’m sure a few will show up this winter when the cold and snow get to be too much.

Have a great week and consider giving Cathy a visit at Words and Herbs to see what other Tuesday views are looking like.  I hear there’s talk of autumn in the air…

24 comments on “A Different Tuesday View: The Tropics 09.20.16

  1. have to agree with the wife. The roof is no place for kids or for older adults! (You may not be in that category, I m not assuming, dont worry) Our neurologist told us some hair raising stories about falls from roofs,,….no one expects to fall off a roof, that’s why they are called accidents. Who will take care of that glorious color filled HAPPY garden, if you fall off the roof!!! Forget the birds eye view!~ I am POSITIVE it looks even more gorgeous down below!!

    • bittster says:

      I might not be able to help myself. My 80 year old father was recently scolded for climbing up on top their two story home in order to check his antennas, so it might be genetic… although I am NOT a fan of heights. In my defense this house has a much flatter roof and my daughter’s arm is in a sling from a playground accident and nothing to do with heights 🙂
      Still I promise to be careful and I don’t think the roof will be visited again anytime soon.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    LOVE this view – it’s awesome! Your design really shows up. 🙂 I can imagine the thrill of it – I’m sure you were very careful. 😉

  3. Looks great from up there, though I would be way too nervous about dropping the camera.

  4. Pauline says:

    A fantastic new way to look at your garden, it looks fabulous from up there!

    • bittster says:

      Don’t tell anyone but I was actually considering going up on my own roof with the camera. It’s also fairly flat and only one story so easy to get up on 🙂

  5. Christina says:

    It is like seeing the bed in ‘plan’, I always like to see that, I used to do my 1st of the month view like that, it really shows up if there are any holes and I don’t see any in your planting.

  6. Cathy says:

    Well, autumn doesn’t seem to have even looked in your direction yet Frank. The tropical beds from this new perspective look amazing – amazon-like in fact! Reminds me of a documentary I saw once where someone climbed a really tall tree in the Amazon to look down on the rainforest and across the treetops…
    I agree, that pennisetum is wonderful. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 (And take care on the roof!)

    • bittster says:

      Thanks for hosting all season Cathy, it’s kept me focused and has been a nice push to get things done…. for the most part that is. Yesterday afternoon I was looking at the dahlias in need of deadheading and just didn’t have it in me 🙂

  7. Great view! I thought at first you may have used a quadcopter to get that picture. That grass is pretty in there. Who would’ve thought back in dry old July that it would all fill in so beautifully?

    • bittster says:

      Now that would be cool to have a quadcopter!
      I was looking at spring pictures last night and it really is amazing how bare the bed was at the start of the year.

  8. johnvic8 says:

    There are times in life (and certainly in a gardener’s life) when a different view, a different perspective is welcome. You have found such a time. Great idea!

    • bittster says:

      Thanks John!
      I agree, sometimes it’s so easy to become set in your ways. Sometimes a different view (or a chainsaw) are the best things a gardener can have.

  9. My husband goes up on the roof to clean the gutters and I am getting more nervous as the years go by. Yet there really isn’t anyone we can hire to do this all fall and spring. Back when we started the garden he went up there to take photos. It’s the only way you can really understand the layout of the garden. I loved the photos and never complained.

    • bittster says:

      I was looking at the gutters while I was up there. With the work on the roof there’s a ton of debris still in there and I’ll need to get up again sometime before winter comes….
      I guess the view from the roof is the next best thing to an updated google satellite picture!

  10. rusty duck says:

    Fabulous view! It’s a great way to review the structure of a garden isn’t it and the tropics bed looks just as good from up there. I have to say though I’m glad there won’t be scaffolding back here anytime soon.. my (lack of) head for heights was tested. Thank you for the link 🙂

    • bittster says:

      I believe your scaffolding did go much higher than our roof, and probably much less solid feeling! I’ll also be fine without any more roof work. There’s plenty else to do though, fortunately none of it involves centuries old mortar or straw!

  11. As a gardening one of the most rewarding things is to see a garden mature, to see what it looks like in year 3 and year 4, a different perspective certainly helps.

    • bittster says:

      True. I think it’s very important to remember to take a few wide angle views in addition to all the flower closeups. They can be very revealing when you look back and see what once was.

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