Back in December when we had record lows for a few nights I hauled my large planter with Horseradish growing in it into the garage, fearing it would freeze and crack if left outside. Then of course I forgot about it! Last week I caught sight of it and was excited to see new leaves peaking out of the gravel! Aren’t they wonderful? Like something you would expect to see underwater in a fish tank.The reverse of new foliage growth is of course dead foliage. I’m glad I didn’t get a chance to cut back my Umbrella Palm, or Cyperus involucratus last fall. The dead leaves have their own beauty.
I’m always a sucker for the foliage of the Sempervivums, their coloring is especially vibrant right now!
The Arum italicum foliage is at its best right now too. I really need to move this plant to an area where I can better appreciate it.
While I was out snapping shots for Bloomday and Foliage Follow up the sky turned dark and opened up. I ran for cover under our shade pavilion, snuggled up close to Mr. Big, my Agave americana variegata. The rain and light reflecting on the patio was beautiful.
Not so beautiful are these “stretch marks” on Mr. Big. I wonder if they are due to our extreme temperatures in December. Frozen moisture causing his tissue to expand? Am I crazy in thinking this might be the case?
On the north end of our patio is a wall of tall Privet, this time of the year there are no leaves…
However there is a small section of the shrub that has this variegation. It is also the only section that didn’t loose its leaves this year.
This is a new addition to the danger garden, purchased at last weekend’s garden show, Yucca rigida, don’t you just love the glowing yellow edges?
I continue to be infatuated with the new frond on my Tree Fern, the little leaves are getting bigger daily!
And finally I wanted to share a picture of one of my favorite foliage gardens, a neighbors. Amazing texture and color don’t you think? Someday I'll ask his permission and do an entire post on his wonderful garden.
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