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Monday, April 17, 2017

Foliage Followup

I searched high and low in my garden for foliage to focus on for Foliage Followup.

First, the high:

My Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' has finally started to leaf out. The few warmer, drier days we've had must have made it decide it was ok to come out of hiding.

And the low:

Emerging peony foliage always makes me think of sea creatures.

The purple at the base of Iris 'Gerald Darby' always looks best at this time of year, before it produces flowers and the purple coloring fades. This is right at peak time of my swath of orange tulips that I featured in my Bloom Day post. Perhaps I should spread both around more and pair them up. The tulip is a species tulip called 'Praestans Shogun' which should increase like the Iris has.

Podophyllum foliage seldom looks as good later in the year as it does in the spring when it first emerges from the ground. Despite not getting watered as often as it should have last year, it does seem to have increased in size. It tends to easily wilt and turn crisp during our dry summer, which leads me to wonder if I should dig it up and grow it in a pot, like my blogging friend Peter The Outlaw Gardener does with his Podophyllums.


Pam at the blog Digging hosts Foliage Followup every month on the day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, to celebrate the role of foliage in the garden. Check out her link here, and the links left by other bloggers in the comments of her post.


  1. Wow, the purple of that iris foliage is incredible and would look fab with orange tulips! I have that Podophyllum in the ground and in pots. It gets bigger in the ground but, because I have it on a slope, it dries out and goes dormant in August while the potted ones keep going if I remember to water them.

  2. Great photos! That iris is wonderful! That's a great Podophyllum too, with it's green on green.

  3. Wow! Your 'Gerald Darby' has much better color than mine ever did. At least, I think I had 'Gerald Darby'. I think the location was really bad, so it never got good color. My little Tetrapanax is leafing out, but the larger one died to the ground and hasn't reappeared yet.

  4. I've always loved 'Gerald Darby' - it would be worth growing even if it didn't bloom. I've never see the plant for sale here so I'm guessing it doesn't like SoCal.

  5. My Podos are near the faucet for that reason. I paid so much for my Spotty Dotty that I dare not kill it! 'Gerald Darby' looks really nice in your garden. I know this is going to sound sacrilegious but I'm starting to get tired of Tetrapanax babies sprouting up everywhere. Can you believe I'm throwing them away? Don't tell anybody. :)

  6. We're hogging the warmth - 2 more days near 90, AC on 2 weeks, too early, so you can have some! Your foliage is incredible even if late. The Tetrapanax I keep seeing on the west coast, the new reminding me of one of the sycamores used here (A. wrightii).

  7. 'Steroidal Giant' - is that really the name or a little horticultural humor? S

  8. Holy smokes, that purple iris foliage! And the peony foliage makes me think of curled fingers with red fingernails -- or maybe a monster claw. Too fun -- thanks for joining in!


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