Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foliage Followup -- May, 2015

The day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is Foliage Followup, when many garden bloggers celebrate the role of foliage as the backbone of the garden. It's hosted by Pam Penick of the blog Digging, and you can find her post here. Check out the comments, with links to posts from other bloggers.

This month, I've just wandered the garden looking for whatever strikes my fancy, and I've come up with quite a lot. My fancy has been struck so hard, it's hurting!

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' rising like a crown from a patch of Sedum 'Angelina'

Musa sikkimensis

Begonia

An Opuntia pad that broke off a recent purchase has rooted and started to produce a second pad, so I'm going to let it spend the growing season in the ground

Achillea 'Moonshine' and Cardoon

The same from a little further back, with the swordlike foliage of a patch of Crocosmia

Water droplets on Magnolia macrophylla

Golden Carex and Heuchera 'Palace Purple'

New pin oak foliage

Corylopsis

Spirea 'Magic Carpet' and Eryngium

The rosettes of Sempervivum look like flowers, but they're leaves



A quartet of foliage (from bottom right): Diphylleia cymosa, Hosta 'Sum and Substance,' Schefflera delavayi, and Rheum palmatum

A profusion of gold and purple

Sickle-keeled Lupine (Lupinus albicaulis) and Cardoon

Long shot of the back garden, looking distinctly primordial

Ain't leaves grand?

21 comments:

  1. Ohh definitely Alison! And your pics certainly proved so :)

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  2. Spectacular, Alison. You've almost eliminated the neighbors, too. That back garden is gorgeous.

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  3. A lot of wonderful combinations, and the last picture is just striking! Love it!

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  4. Spectacular, stunning, stricking and as we say here in Scotland - it's braw! Inspirational too Alison.

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  5. Wow, gorgeous garden photos Alison!

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  6. Oh Alison, that long shot of your back garden is so cool!!!

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  7. Looks like your fancy is in overdrive, so much incredible texture and color from leaves. And speaking of leaving containers empty, I spy an empty one in the long shot , with a serrated edge, right? Very Little & Lewis and really adds to the primordial feel.

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  8. Rest up that fancy. Tomorrow is another day.

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  9. What a terrific combo , the Eucomis and the Sedum !

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  10. I'm sorry but I have to say OMG!! That last picture took my breath away. What a heavenly garden and such great foliage combos.

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  11. You've done a masterful job with your foliage combinations, Alison. That last long shot should be an expensive hard-cover garden book.

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  12. Absolutely fantastic foliage! Love the last shot of your garden, it is stunning!

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  13. The rain on the Begonia leaves makes them look like pink-studded glass. My cardoon is also bursting forth into a silvery fountain. I like the red flowers and yellowish foliage on your Spirea 'Magic Carpet', Spirea is becoming one of my favorite shrubs since the deer don't seem to bother them. Great primordial border!

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  14. Fun to see all sorts of beautiful foliage and excellent photos. Everything looks great.

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  15. Gorgeous foliage and photos, Alison. I love the wide shot. Your garden is beautiful!

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  16. Beautiful photos. So many combos to lust after.

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  17. Fab! I especially love the gold and purple combinations and the wide shot of your back garden. That cardoon/crocosmia combination is inspired. It looks great now and when both bloom the orange and purple combination along with the grey cardoon foliage...oy my heart!

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  18. Great foliage. I love the sedum and Musa sikkimensis. You have so many wonderful combinations here.

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  19. I loved the overall shot. Everything looks grand all put together.

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