|The Magnolia standing proud in the front garden (left) and a recent flush of new growth along its branches (right)|
I also had all 4 of our Arbutus 'Marina' thinned. They've filled out again too but, this month, even more than the shade they provide, you've got to admire their handsome peeling bark, which is particularly evident at this time of year.
|This particular tree sits on the northeast side of the house. Its bark peels to a degree all year but look at the curls it's got now!|
A few other foliage selections also caught my eye.
|Purchased as Chondropetalum tectorum, this Cape Rush may be more correctly classified as C. elephantinum, although mine seems to fall mid-way between the 2 species in size. I originally planted 3 in my street-side succulent bed in 2013 but only this one thrived. I wish you could see how the sheaths on the joint stems gleam in the afternoon sun but I wasn't able to capture it well in the mid-afternoon glare so I made do with this early morning shot.|
It's hard for me to let a foliage-focused post go by without featuring at least some succulents so here's this month's selection:
Finally, as my Agapanthus flower stalks begin to look scruffy in July, mass decapitations are generally part of my summer tidying-up process. This year, inspired in part by the Alliums spray-painted blue after the flowers faded I saw during the 2017 Garden Bloggers' Fling, I decided to try leaving some nude Agapanthus stalks in place. I haven't decided yet whether it's worth the effort of cleaning them up. We'll see. For now it's just an experiment.
|Painting the seedpods would probably improve the color contrast but I've no intention of taking things that far. The contrast may be greater when the stalks dry and the Xylosma hedge behind them is trimmed, producing a flush of fresh orange growth.|
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