Every year I post a (fairly) comprehensive tour of both the front and back gardens. I was taking photos for those posts when it occurred to me that I still haven't shared images of two of the areas I reworked earlier this spring, under the loquat and where the ceanothus was removed. So, today we have... under the loquat.
First a couple shots to establish just where it is we're talking about. The tallest plant at the center of this image—taken as you walk into the back garden—is the loquat, aka Eriobotrya japonica.
Here's a closer image, one that first appeared in a post last April called "My own private Hortlandia"—in that post I detailed some major plant shopping I'd done and talked about where I'd planned to put my purchases. I focused on the bare ground under the loquat I'd recently limbed-up.
Those of you with eagle eyes might notice the Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' already grouped on the right, under the loquat. They were early purchases, not yet planted.
And here's the same area as viewed from the other side, on the patio. The loquat—still at the center of the photo—looks taller here, since the patio is sunk down a couple of feet.
The new plantings (in place since late May) are most easily enjoyed from this angle, through the lower branches of the Stachyurus salicifolius.
You'd be right if you're thinking "that's a lot of pyrrosia"... I may have gone a little overboard.
And I couldn't be happier about it.
But it's not all pyrrosia!
Let's have a look-see over there, north, towards the fence line.
Persicaria 'Painters Palette' with an arisaema I purchased from Xera plants earlier in the year (on the right), I can't remember it's name now.
You may have noticed this spiny epimedium in one of the above photos, Epimedium wushanense 'Sandy Claws'.
A group shot, one of the Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress', planted.
I think three, maybe four Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling' made it into the mix.
There's a single Blechnum spicant, aka the deer fern, and I think three Blechnum penna-marina, but no photos of them, sadly.
'Soft Caress' seems to have snuck into several images.
The tall strappy foliage is a long ago planted, orange-blooming, crocosmia. I left it wondering if just maybe there might be enough sun (since I limbed up the tree) to get it to bloom again. There was not, I'll be lifting and moving them this fall. There's another 'Ling Ling'...
And a nice chunk of aspidistra, aka cast iron plant, which helps to hide the awkward place where the fence meets the neighbor's garage—it was a gift from a Facebook friend.
Okay, I think it's time for some pyrrosia pics!
Pyrrosia lingua 'Variegata', the ground cover is Sedum tetractinum.
The pyrrosia is from Xera Plants, that subtle variegation just kills me!
Pyrrosia hastata, also from Xera Plants. They were rich with pyrrosia this spring and I did my very best to buy more than my fair share.
Am I right?
I also included a few straight Pyrrosia lingua...
Because why not?
As the loquat grows, and I get brave enough to limb it up even more, I might have to relocate a few of these shade lovers. For now though, I'm loving the new plantings!
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