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Friday, November 30, 2012

Bleak House...and Gardens

Apologies to Charles Dickens, for appropriating his title.

The garden is pretty bleak and bare, but there are a few bright spots. The sun is even out right now, but not for long, I'm sure.

Red Twig Dogwood berries and bright red twigs

Red Twig Dogwood berries

Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

Canna planted in the stream, its flower bud poised to open. It survived our recent frost.

Bright gold Hakone grass (most of my others are mushy or brown)

Interesting variation in Cyclamen coum foliage

This bronze Corydalis died back almost immediately after being planted in the shady area of the gravel garden last spring, despite being watered. I'm glad to see it's alive.

Pretty rose-pink fern

Saxifrage with old, black, dead leaves. They make an interesting contrast.

I didn't realize that Tetrapanax foliage turned such interesting colors.

I finally cut back the Mexican feather grass in the culvert planter, which spent most of the summer obscuring the Whale's Tongue Agave that it was planted with. Now that I've cut the grass back, I'm surprised to see how well the Agave is doing.

This is not a good photo, but it gives you some idea how the Whale's Tongue Agave looked back in April when I planted it.

Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston' and pup

When I first planted it back in April.
Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane' bought last spring from The Desert Northwest is doing well, despite all our rain.

I'm really looking forward to seeing it flower! All the branches are just as heavily laden.

And now, as I thought, the sun has gone away, and a light, misty rain is starting. It was nice while it lasted.


  1. Aren't we lucky to live here where there is still so much green to appreciate at this time of the year? Your agaves look great!

  2. This is awesome, Alison. I love the before and now photos. Your garden looks so cool and I love the stream. Major kudos.

  3. Great photos. Your garden looks great. I love the grass! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a great foliage on the cyclamen! And I did not know red twigs put out berries--interesting!

  5. The Hakone Grass is just stunning...gorgeously golden! It can be hard to find much beauty in a garden during this time of's there (from you looks of it, your garden has a lot of beauty now)...we just have to look a little harder ;-) BTW...I love your jealous!!!

  6. Wowza! Look at those Agaves!

    Your Tetrapanx leaves are lovely, wish mine had that sweet coloration. And I didn't realize you bought a Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane' from Ian too. Mine has a similar qty of buds on those Grevillea!

  7. I've never grown red twig dogwood, but have always been fascinated by the name. And i had no idea that it also had berries. I also love the pretty pink fern. There's a lot of interesting things in your garden. I hope you get some sunny days to enjoy it.

  8. You have inspired me to take camera in hand and go exploring to see what beauty can be found. You found plenty.

  9. My redtwig dogwood doesn't get berries, lucky if it blooms. It is struggling a bit.
    I think the various designs on the cyclamen leaves is pretty cool. What a great little shade plant.


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