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Morton and Janis (Versaggi) Williams, house owners of Villa Girasol, 35 Valencia St., have been named the April Backyard of the Month by the Backyard Membership of St. Augustine.
The villa, in-built 1906, was initially a cottage. After a number of adjustments in possession and renovations, the Williams bought the Mediterranean house in 1980, bringing it to its current state. It’s accessible from each Valencia and Markland streets.
The very first thing guests discover are the amaryllises in full bloom. They line the driveway, border the courtyards and stand alone in pots all through the yard.
“The amaryllis vegetation you see are from seeds,” Janis stated. “Lots of of them. I’ve given away heaps over time. The seeds got to me by my aunt, Gina Spiller, who received them from my grandmother.”
Different plantings embody Chinese language fan palms; nandina; foxtail ferns; pentas; crotons; and a profusion of flowering shell ginger, flax lilies, sword ferns, firespikes and juniper, to call just a few.
Janis additionally identified a cactus from a reducing that got here from Italy.
The yard additionally boasts a petunia backyard in full shade, which is a candy contact. Fairly pots showcase lemon bushes, pink snapdragons, geraniums, crinum lilies, cannas, bromeliads, kalanchoes, verbena and snapdragons.
Janis additionally tends to herbs, together with basil, big sage, thyme, parsley and dill, in addition to violas and a Carrion plant.
To high all of it off, she has a “secret backyard,” stuffed with vegetation that require additional care. She calls it her “IC Unit.”