Thursday, August 12, 2010

The kids are looking good!

This the time of year when all of my favorite foliage plants start to kick it into high gear. The big leafed plants and the vibrantly colored succulents are all responding to the summer sun. I love the show!I thought about waiting and posting these pictures on Pam’s foliage-follow-up (the 16th of each month, the day after garden bloggers bloom day) but that would be over 50 photos in one post! Maybe just a teensy bit excessive, yes? So I decided to break it up and do a few now, and the rest on Monday, for foliage-follow-up. That way I (hopefully) won’t bore you to tears with too many pictures. Let the show begin! Oh wait it already began, the first photo, above is Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer,’ here is another view of the same plant.
Dudleya collomiae
Echium candicans variegataEchium wildpretiiEchium x wildprettii 'Rocket'Ensete maurelii ...and the same plant again.
Echeveria hybrid ‘afterglow’
Aloe marlothii
Aloe vaotsanda x divaricata
Alocasia 'Portora'
Colocasia esculenta 'Elepaio'Colocasia mojito (yes…I bought one)
Papyrus and Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic'
Canna 'Musifolia'
...and the same plant again.
A couple other ‘no-name’ Cannas…I’m sure they have a name, but I can’t tell you what it is.
(a different 'no name' than the one above)And lastly the Bromeliads….first the Neoregelia hybrids, 3 of them.
And Vriesea imperialis
...and the same plant again
Check back on the 16th for more foliage photos!


  1. many great plants. I don't recall ever seeing a variegated E. candicans before. sweet. Matti

  2. Obviously I love the broms, especially the alcantarea imperialis. What is the second bromeliad pictured? I love the coloration!

  3. Oh my, what great foliage you have! I have never seen Aloe vaotsanda x divaricata-love it. I do have an Aloe marlothii.

  4. By all means, Loree, start early with the fabulous foliage pictures! I'm eating them up. I look forward to the rest on the 16th.

  5. Is it impolite to say "I'm drooling"?! They don't call them succulents for nothing! Thanks for sharing the great pictures. You definitely have an eye for photographing plants. I love the angles. The foliage is awesome.


  6. What great colors and textures here..

  7. Oh. My. That verbascum. Need. Now.
    Also: LOVE the echium foliage, but: can you ever get the bloody things to flower? I'm not looking forward to trying to nurse my candicans through another winter at an insufficiently sunny windowsill. I want flowers! Now!

  8. The first of the cannas looks like 'Tropicana' to me. I love that plant.

    All your plants look extremely cool but that first photo of the Verbascum has me by the heartstrings. Methinks another nursery trek is in order.

  9. Matti, this is my second year growing a variegated E. candicans, Cistus has them and I love them!

    RFG, unfortunately I don't have a name. I bought it at the Rare Plant Research open house and all the sign said was " Neoregelia hybrids"...

    Nicole, that Aloe vaotsanda x divaricata is supposedly cold hearty here in Portland. I haven't been brave enough to try it out though.

    Pam, thanks! I hope you enjoy the others too!

    Annie, thanks for stopping by! And drooling is ok, just be careful of your keyboard.

    Thanks Darla!

    Greensparrow, the only Echium that I have had flower were bought with the beginnings of a bloom spike already appearing. And you do need the Verbascum! Now!

    Grace, you should probably be heading out the door right now! Buy at least three!

  10. Guh. You have so many of my dream plants. Also my dream chug. But someday I'll get you, Danger Garden, and your little dogs, too!


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