Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Foliage Follow Up - June 2010

Yesterday on Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day I mentioned how I'm loving my Encelia farinosa. It has silvery foliage that looks great with Stipa arundinacea. My Aeonium glandulosum continues to shoot up new foliage. Last year's foliage is looking a bit neglected. One can tell all the nutrients are going to the new growth.

encellia farinosa foliageaeonium glandulosum new growth

My Athanasia pinnata is starting to do its octopus impression. And the broccoli leaves look great next to the Golden Feverfew. My silver/gold combos are everywhere! I love the contrast but I wonder if it sets other peoples' teeth on edge. What do you think? OK or garish?

athanasia pinnata doing the snake dancebroccoli and feverfew

I'm trying to back off a bit from all my close-ups, so here's a shot of my foliage-dominant front yard. Getting to the front door usually involves navigating around miscellaneous waiting-to-be-planted items, not to mention hurdling bags of compost. I'm sure the postman curses me often. The three yuccas under the persimmon tree are now gone. When I planted them they were a pretty purple color but have since reverted to green. And they have a nasty temperament. They were great for protecting our persimmons but they were becoming impossible to garden around without protective eye wear. I did keep the large Aloe plant, or as my son calls it "the owie plant", out front.

home base

I heart Jovibarba! I brought a plant home years ago and it has multiplied quite nicely along the edge of my front porch. Super cute and super tough. I'm putting in a request that we bring this one back into production. Next to it is my Aloe KG14. Nice name huh? I picked up this cutie at a California Horticultural Society meeting. It was donated by the UC Davis greenhouse. Lovely edges to it, love to know what it is!

jovibarba hueffeliialoe kg 14

And here's that pink-red flowered mystery succulent from yesterday's Bloom Day post. It spreads very nicely under my beloved Sophora secundiflora. I got it a couple of years ago from the succulent shelf at the local drug store nursery. It was just tagged "Assorted Succulent". Thanks, that's helpful. I'm thinking it is a Graptopetalum. Any other guesses? Another mystery succulent I got from that same shelf is this Echeveria. It's been fantastic and has spread enthusiastically to form a very pretty border for one of my herb/veggie beds.

mystery graptopetalum under sophoramystery echeveria

Dino kale. Yum, yum, yum, yum. And Squash is pretty even without the harvest!Beans are coming along. I've had a lot of leaf munching in the garden this year. And not just from snails (which are just about eradicated). I'm thinking the earwigs are getting to my blackberries. Gonna have to learn how to catch those suckers. Tried the rolled up newspaper trick last year but that didn't work.

dino kalesquash and coleonemaup we goearwig damage? catapillars?

Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow Up! Tomorrow I'm going to post what I'll call the Fruit and Veggie Finale. After each Bloom Day and Foliage Follow Up, I'll be letting you know what fruits and veggies are coming out of my garden. Send me a link and let me know what you're harvesting in your garden!


  1. I adore your ruffled echeveria! And yes, that looks like a Graptopetalum you have in the photo previous. I'm sure you meant to type yucca, not agave, in reference to your trio under the persimmon. I bet the 'Color Guard' yucca would look lovely there!

  2. ha-ha, yes -Yucca. Thanks Pam! Rushing too much! Changing that now.

  3. The ruffly echeveria is amazing! There's so many of them.

  4. I think the silver and gold combos are great. I tried some dark colored dracaenas in my yellow garden but that didn't really do it for me. I think I will add some silver foliage plants and see how I like that.


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