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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Foliage Followup, June, 2015

The garden right now is such a riot of flower color, it's hard to get a shot without flowers in it. I have to get in pretty close. But I got a few. Excuse those flower floozies who are so desperate for attention that they can't help photobombing.

Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon) and Cedrus atlantica 'Horstmann' (Blue Atlas cedar)

A pleasing trio -- Fatsia japonica, Cynara cardunculus and Athyrium felix-femina (Lady fern)

I was very happy to see what I think is new foliage coming on my Cycas revoluta.

Remember all the lime flowers I had on my lime tree a few months ago while it was still in the greenhouse? I have one tiny lime still left on it.  I need to do something about its chlorotic leaves (repot and give it some fertilizer).

Technically not foliage, the seedheads of Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) are very photogenic.

Iris 'Gerald Darby' and Cryptotaenia japonica Atropurpurea (Purple Japanese parsley) makes a much nicer color echo early in the season when the Iris leaves still have some purple in them
Speaking of photobombers, did you notice my little bug friend in the lower right hand corner? I've tentatively identified it as a bordered plant bug called Largus californicus, and according to the website I linked to, it does feed on plants, but is not considered of economic importance (which I've taken to mean it's not going to take over my garden and eat everything down to nubs.)

Say hello to my little friend

That's my foliage wrap-up for the month. Say hello to Pam Penick, when you visit her blog as the host for Foliage Followup, here.


  1. Nice foliage vignettes you have there and your flushing cycad just reminded me that none of our revolutas have flushed for two years now, hmmm...

  2. Your photobombers add a lot of interest to the foliage photos.

    A few days and your cycad will have pretty fronds.

  3. Fun foliage photos! My greenhouse citrus have few fruits on them as well but maybe next year. Your little friend is cute.

  4. I struggle with chlorosis with all my citrus trees but an annual treatment with an iron supplement has helped immeasurably. I hope you have no lupine to tempt your new bug friend to hang about and procreate.

  5. Seeing your sprouting Cycad made me think of mine, which has suffered both excessive drought and sunshine since moving outside. I just guiltily moved it into a more shady spot the other day. Hopefully it will forgive me and recover enough to shoot up some new fronds. Don't you just love those Geum seed heads - they are so cool!

  6. You have some lovely foliage combinations. they are always interesting even when the flowers are having a rest!

  7. Beautiful different foliage and the seedheads of your Prairy Smoke are gorgeous.

  8. My one large Cardoon keeps coming back, I might try to do a better job blanching it this year, do you eat yours? I have a lot of Geums but haven't grown prairie smoke yet, it does look intriguing. I'm still admiring your dark blue Nigellas.


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