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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Foliage Followup -- October 2012

After a wild and crazy-windy-rainy night last night, I didn't expect to see much in the way of foliage still left in my garden, I figured it would all be on the ground or blown away. But there's still plenty to look at, considering not all the interesting stuff this time of year is in the trees (yes, that's right!). Besides, I already showcased the fall color in my garden in a previous post here.

Some of the interesting stuff was on the ground.
And yes, some of the interesting stuff was in the trees, but not the ones you'd expect.

 I wonder how long it will be before I am looking UP into the canopy of my two Trachycarpus, rather than down into its crown.

The new branches emerge all folded up like an accordion.

Mother Nature puts human basket weavers to shame.

Fall color on Schizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze' is a standout against the gravel and foliage of a Euphorbia

As an ornamental grass, it hasn't been particularly noticeable till now.

Lamb's ear and Kniphofia caulescens

The chicks in this container look like they are trying to jump ship and join their friends in the gravel.

Agave americana still in its pot, showing off the imprint of its teeth against the leaves

I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the October foliage in my garden. Pam Penick of the blog Digging hosts Foliage Followup on the 16th of every month, the day after Garden Blogger's Bloom Day. Check out her blog here, where she is focusing on teeth, seedheads and stripes in her garden, and where you can check out the links to all the other bloggers who are participating in Foliage Followup.


  1. Love the Schizachyrium! I agree about 'Blaze', it's fairly unassuming for most of the year, but is stunning in fall. Unfortunately, 'The Blues' is stunning all year long, but flops over like a drunken sailor. If you're on the lookout for a really stunning variety, check out 'Blue Heaven''s got the amazing summer blue color of 'The Blues' but is taller and doesn't flop. Oh, and the fall color is pure magic :-)

  2. Love your agave and trachycarpus. I just put in a couple trachycarpus myself this year and am wondering the same thing!

  3. Great foliage Alison. I think Schyzachirium is an under used grass. Love your palms' interwoven branches.

  4. That schyzachirium is beautiful! Wish it had an easier name, though! ;) Your trachycarpus is lovely, too. The leaves all woven together is so interesting.

  5. Your photos show everything off to the utmost advantage. October is looking good to you.

  6. Beautiful foliage and photos, love thatSchizachyrium scoparium 'Blaze'. I've always loved the patterns formed by agave leaves as they are emerging.

  7. Soo beautiful! I love your trachycarpus and agave!!! they are absolutely stunning

  8. Wonderful palms and agaves! I have such a weakness for architectural plants like those. Sorry it's taken me so long to make the rounds, but thanks for joining in the Foliage Follow-Up posts.


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