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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Foliage Followup, March 2014

It's the day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and you know what that means, don't you? It's not just the day when all the laggards finally get their Bloom Day posts up. It's Foliage Followup, which takes place on the 16th of every month, in which garden bloggers celebrate the uniqueness of the contribution that foliage makes to their gardens.

Right now leaves are busting out all over in my garden, with our recent string of warm sunny days.

Ornamental Chinese rhubarb
And the same leaf from the front

When this plant starts to swell it reminds me of the eggs from the movie Alien.

Ferny poppy foliage has been out for months, since last fall, in fact. But now it's getting even more lush.

The crinkly dark leaves of a Kennedy primrose, which was in every nursery this time last year

The first flush of Dicentra 'Gold Heart' is a heart-stopper

My favorite hardy Geranium, 'Samobor'

The PNW native Heracleum lanatum aka cow parsnip

I love its big lush leaves

The mottled leaf of an Erythronium

Arum italicum 'Jack Sprat' has cool black spots on its leaves

Iris 'Gerald Darby' from Scott at Rhone Street Gardens still in its pot

'Bright Star' Yucca is looking pretty good (my other two have way more damaged leaves)

Both of my poor Trachycarpus fortunei were beaten into tatters by our stormy winter season, only the newest foliage looks good

'Fat Albert' Spruce with our single enormous laurel -- the only one left from the previous owners

Emerging foliage of Viburnum trilobum 'Red Wing'

Technically not foliage, but the lovely red branches of my 'Pacific Fire' vine maple really stand out, especially when the sun shines

Before you know it, we'll all be sitting pretty like these two froggies in a corner of my recycled concrete wall, pretending to be lost in tropical breezes.

Check out Pam Penick's blog Digging here, our host for Foliage Followup. Other bloggers leave links to their foliage posts in the comments. Check them out!


  1. Foliage emerging from winter rest with the promise of a full spring and summer of beauty, growth, and garden tours together! Hooray!

  2. I love my Arum, but despite the spots, I would pull mine up to replace it with Jack Spratt. It is so much more vibrant.

  3. You know, I was thinking 'Alien' before I got to your comment. That first leaf is almost grotesque. I'd grow the Dicentra for its foliage alone though, gorgeous!

  4. I am struck by how beautiful the Gold Heart foliage is! Clearly I need to get one. Spring is coming Alison!

  5. Nice! I love the aliens! I'll be late to both the bloom day and foliage parties, but I love getting to see other people's gardens.

  6. My first Arum italicum 'Jack Sprat (from you at a GB plant swap) leaf emerged a few weeks ago and was smashed flat during the privet/fence project. Luckily that didn't stop it and more leaves are showing up now. I love that plant!

  7. It's all looking very lush there Alison - long my spring continue to lift our spirits.
    I see you have a Kennedy primrose too - aren't they gorgeous.

  8. You might not like all that rain but it's clear that many of your foliage picks do. That rhubarb really did have me thinking alien!

  9. Oh, you are so right about the emerging ornamental rhubarb. Aliens! Your new foliage is beautiful. I love your viburnum picture.

  10. Cool shots of the ornamental rhubarb! So neat watching them unfold.

  11. Guess I have noirish sensibilities: the emerging rhubarb leaf appeals to me no end.

  12. There's so much drama in the spring garden, but I think that Chinese rhubarb steals the show. It is rather grotesque, as someone else said, but at the same time it's hard to look away. I just want to study it to see what will happen next.

  13. It is nice to see all this green Alison! In the North East, with the winter we have had, we are still waiting for our first leaf or bloom. Although I saw a crocus in bloom yesterday but it was against a foundation, under a dryer vent!!!


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