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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foliage Followup -- May, 2015

The day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is Foliage Followup, when many garden bloggers celebrate the role of foliage as the backbone of the garden. It's hosted by Pam Penick of the blog Digging, and you can find her post here. Check out the comments, with links to posts from other bloggers.

This month, I've just wandered the garden looking for whatever strikes my fancy, and I've come up with quite a lot. My fancy has been struck so hard, it's hurting!

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' rising like a crown from a patch of Sedum 'Angelina'

Musa sikkimensis


An Opuntia pad that broke off a recent purchase has rooted and started to produce a second pad, so I'm going to let it spend the growing season in the ground

Achillea 'Moonshine' and Cardoon

The same from a little further back, with the swordlike foliage of a patch of Crocosmia

Water droplets on Magnolia macrophylla

Golden Carex and Heuchera 'Palace Purple'

New pin oak foliage


Spirea 'Magic Carpet' and Eryngium

The rosettes of Sempervivum look like flowers, but they're leaves

A quartet of foliage (from bottom right): Diphylleia cymosa, Hosta 'Sum and Substance,' Schefflera delavayi, and Rheum palmatum

A profusion of gold and purple

Sickle-keeled Lupine (Lupinus albicaulis) and Cardoon

Long shot of the back garden, looking distinctly primordial

Ain't leaves grand?