It is called a Sun Parasol and is a Mandevilla hybrid. It is a climber so hubby planted it in a larger pot by one of the metal trellis supports on the overhang of the den roof. We will be able to enjoy it there best!
I love the blossoms, they are so large and beautiful and the leaves are wonderfully green and hearty looking. It is an annual but the giver said her Mom winters them over in the house! I shall try that.
I also have a picture-less adventure to tell you about in our back yard critters!! My youngest daughter works from home and was typing away when she heard a big fuss outside. She went out to see what was going on as the 2 Canadian Geese parents were squawking and squawking! Lo and behold, a huge Alligator Turtle had one of their teen goslings by the leg and was trying to drag him under the water.
My daughter called her good old Mom when efforts to free the babe with a shovel beating on the back of the armored turtle. I got the garden rake and while he kept trying to pull the little one under and out deeper in the lake, I kept raking him nearing to shore, leg in his jaws!! It took me several tries and the frantic parents hissed at first and then must have realized that I was helping and stood back watching. I finally got the turtle and the gosling up on shore but the turtle even when rolled on his back hung on to that poor baby! I gave the turtle a couple of sharp whacks on his shell and fi-nal-ly!...he let go! The parents were so happy and the poor little fella went limping off with them just a peeping away over his trauma. The skin was not broken on his little leg at least and when the parents knew he was safe, they rounded up the other 2 teens and all went off but on shore, not in the water!! They have not come back to our lake since and I don't blame them!
I know that some will think I interfered with nature taking its course but I could not let this little creature get drowned. My mother instinct kicked in and I heard nor saw nothing around me until that little gosling was free! My daughter later told me that a neighbor 2 houses away clapped when the turtle gave up-ha! I had just cleaned up and had clean clothes on and in my adventure I splashed mud and water all over my self. I hosed off before going into the house and then cleaned up and changed all over again. I know I cannot save every little one but at least this one was happily back with the family!
Don't forget to link to HOW SWEET THE SOUND, our lovely hostess for Pink Saturday that is celebrating its third year!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY PINK SATURDAY Beverly and Everyone!!!
My heart to yours...