Sunday, April 16, 2017

Foliage Follow-up - April 2017

I usually try to link my Foliage Follow-up selections together with some kind of theme but, after the intensity of my Bloom Day post, I'm just too dazzled by the glory of spring at the moment to bother with anything more than a hodge-podge series of photos of what caught my fancy on recent spins through the garden.

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku', one of only 2 Japanese maples in my garden, was late to leaf out this year so I was very pleased when it suddenly sprang to life

I'm also happy to see that at least 3 of my Artemisia versicolor 'Seafoam' are doing well (A few others, purchased as plugs, are struggling)

I continue to be tickled by the artichoke growing below a fig tree on the steep back slope.  It disappears during the height of summer but comes back with the winter rains and this year it's huge.  And now it has 2 chokes!

I'm also pleased with this Origanum 'Norton Gold', which I prefer out of rather than in bloom

Fuzzy gray seedlings grew up through the gravel and in other obscure places in the garden and, once I determined that they probably weren't weeds, I moved them to the cutting garden.  I'm fairly certain these are Stachys byzantina, although the leaves are thinner than those I've previously grown.  I'm not sure where the seedlings came from as the only place I've had Lamb's Ear for years is at the bottom of the back slope.

This is a mix of succulents growing in the sandiest soil in the garden, located next to the back patio.  Although the Agave colorata (right foreground) is still very small, I like how the rest of the plants, grown from cuttings and plugs, have filled in. The mix includes Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi Verde', Crassula mesembryanthemodies, Graptosedum 'California Sunset', Kalanchoe orgyalis and Senecio scaposus.  The Kalanchoe was intended to complement Cordyline 'Electric Flash' but it perished.  They'll eventually be too big for this area but I'm enjoying them now.


For more foliage photos, visit our Foliage Follow-up host, Pam at Digging.  Best wishes for a happy spring!


All material © 2012-2017 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

11 comments:

  1. that seafoam is an unusual and attractive colour.

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    1. I love both the color and the unique texture of that Artemisia but was a little afraid it wouldn't be happy here; however, the winter rains helped the plants get off to an optimal start.

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  2. I'm with you on the oregano flowers. I much prefer it without flowers, plus if you don't get to them in time, it seeds around like mad, and not all the babies are that beautiful gold color.

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    1. The flowers don't "go," do they? Mine hasn't seeded about, which I suppose is a good thing.

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  3. Cool foliage & I LOVE Artemisia versicolor 'Seafoam.' Finally found one at a plant sale but hadn't seen it at any nurseries in the area. I see that High Country Gardens has it for sale. Your gold oregano is like a puddle of sun in that bed!

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    1. I love that oregano. My Artemisia plugs came from High Country Gardens. They've been slower to get growing that the 3 I found at a local nursery but the plant is hard to find here too.

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  4. Beautiful textures. 'Seafood' lives up to its name!

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    1. Darn spellcheck! 'SEAFOAM' gosh darn it!

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    2. Ha! However, now you've made me very curious what a plant labeled 'Seafood' would look like, Eliza!

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  5. Looking lovely, Kris. I bet everything is really responding to those winter rains, yes? And you're inspiring me to grow artichoke one of these days. Pam/Digging: penick.net

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    1. The rains were a miracle in terms of their impact on the garden, Pam. And I'm sufficiently impressed by the performance of that artichoke on the neglected back slop to consider putting more elsewhere myself!

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