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.