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Monday, November 16, 2015

Foliage Followup -- November 2016

For Foliage Followup, I'm again sharing some examples of fall color.

Stewartia pseudocamellia, planted in the spring, seems to be established, but is now turning fall colors

My 'Sunlight Lace' Hinoki cypress pictured below is a nice shade of apricot.

That's because it's DEAD.

Moved in the spring from the front garden, where it was getting a bit sunburnt, it's now a casualty of our early, long, hot, dry summer

Its needles fall off now at the slightest touch. Maybe I'll leave it, strip all its needles, and then spray paint the bare limbs. Or I can put a new shrub in its place. I recently bought a good-size, heavily fruited Pernettya rubra that I could either plant in the vacated hole, or plant near it (since the 'Sunlight Lace' won't be getting any bigger).

What do you think?

Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Followup on the 16th of every month, the day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, for garden bloggers to celebrate the role of foliage in the garden. Check out her post here.


  1. Boy, do I know your pain about the Hinoki cypress. I killed three of them over the years before I admitted they hate my climate. Poor things.~~Dee

  2. i am skilled at killing small conifers. what is that white half basket thing on the fence behind the Stewartia? i have two of those from yard sales.... interested in following your Pernettya 'Rubra'. what zone is your garden?

  3. I'll take color wherever I can get it about now (most of the colorful leaves having now fallen).

  4. Bwuahahahahahaha, that Cypress.

  5. I think I like your sense of humor. And if you do spray paint it, I want to see it. How about bright blue or deep purple, or maybe orange.

  6. Sorry about the cypress! The Stewartia is gorgeous.

  7. Oh yes, definitely spray paint it, plant the pernettya next to it and decorate the tree with ornaments the same color as the pernettya berries. Maybe painting the tree vibrant blue would be good ("I'll have a blue Christmas without you")

  8. Just decorate it as a Christmas tree...

  9. The Stewartia is stunning. Sorry about the cypress, though. I have a bunch of unfortunate foliage shots that I'm saving for a special post.


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