Allamanda, 8×8″, watercolor, 2016
In Sara’s garden grows the Allamanda. The blooms are chromium yellow. I searched Wikipedia for it, https://googleweblight.com/?lite_url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allamanda&lite_escape=&fs=, and there you’ll find a lot more info.
The Allamanda is grown commonly in yards but is also naturalized appearing along sunny roadsides by the edges of dense vegitation. The soil it lives in must always remain moist.
In Sara’s garden it burgeons, competing for attention with its neighbor the Croton. It climbs high challenging the top of the 3 metered stuccoed masonry garden wall.
While in Campinas, I spent many hours painting in the shade of the veranda that looks upon this wide and sunny garden. There I am as content as any human can be.