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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Foliage Follow Up August 2013

Foliage follow up is hosted by Pam Penick at Digging to celebrate the beauty and importance of foliage in our gardens.  Do click on over to her blog to find interesting foliage in gardens all over the country.

Here is another random post of some of the foliage I'm currently enjoying in my garden.


 Leucadendron 'Jester' and  Calothamnus villosus (Silky Net Bush) that followed me home recently.

Coleus


Begonia maculata ‘Polka Dot’

O.K. from here, it's all succulents in the rain.  I'm too lazy to label them all but will be happy to tell you if you're curious.















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 My very first agave  that I got in a small pot from Melissa, a local grower who also had a retail space a few years ago.  It's grown into quite a beauty but never had a tag.  It comes in each winter and I prize the gorgeous colors of the leaf edges.

The succulent zig zag foliage of Cryptocereus anthonyanus excites me!  Another tender baby that will spend its winters inside.

Hope your foliage is making you happy and that you have the best weekend ever!

44 comments:

  1. Well, you foliage is just as wonderful as your blooms :)

    Have a great weekend yourself!

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  2. That's quite a collection of foliage and they look so happy in the rain. Love the polka dot begonia!

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    1. It's the first rain we've had since late June. Summer rain is unusual here so we cherish it! The begonia is a replacement for one that made it through one winter as a houseplant at school but when it went back this year it started losing leaves one by one. Brought it home this spring and it wasn't happy outside either. This is its last chance!

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  3. Oh , what is that forth one with all the spikes sticking out ? Only joking! Lovely, lovely

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    1. Echeveria agavoides. The succulents always look really great this time of the year and for a few more months. Then the winter migration takes place and some get a little neglected.

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  4. Wasn't the rain yesterday a nice break? I loved it! Great foliage on your plants, thanks for posting.

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    1. It was nice. Summer rain is one of my favorite things!

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  5. Lovely pictures of echeverias all covered with water drops! The first agave is so pretty...Is it Agave mediopicta? Folliae of leucadendron is really nice!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! It is Agave mediopicta alba. Good plant identification!

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  6. Love your collection of choice succulents Peter!

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    1. Thanks guys. There are way too many more and doubles of some favorites.

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  7. The Begonias shots reminds me, we were at a garden last weekend and they had an enormous "escargot" begonia...I almost broke off a stem for you ;-)

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    1. Escargot is a beauty and it must have been impressive in a large size. You're so thoughtful!

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  8. "succulents in the rain" sounds like an excellent name for a blog! A lovely collection you've got there sir.

    (you got rain? wow...nothing down here)

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    1. Thanks Ms D. There are lots more but these just got camera time.

      Yup! Rain for a while. Sunny and warm again today.

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  9. Beautiful all. Also I have succulents (Houseleek), and aloe aristata. I wrote about it on my blog. Maybe next year will bloom? Will be nice. Your are beautiful. Nice pictures. It is unfortunate that my balcony is small. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sorry that your balcony is so small! You grow beautiful things there!

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  10. Your first agave from Melissa (if the caption applies to the photo below) looks like bovicornuta to me, the cowhorn agave. I love how the succulents look all dewy with rain -- I spray the garden frequently to manage all the harbor soot that accumulates on the leaves.

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    1. Thanks for the Agave I.D. That one, along with the ones that Loree gave me will always be special to me at least until I kill them:) Although I envy your hardiness zone and love the sun, I'm glad to live where we get more rainfall to keep us green.

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  11. Your succulents wear the raindrops like jewels. It keeps trying to rain here, but only manages to squeeze out a few drops.

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    1. I hate that! If it's going to rain, just rain hard and water everything deeply. It was a really nice and refreshing break to have rain.

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  12. Your Cryptocereus excites me too. Wonderful foliage!

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    1. Ain't it cool? I hope it's as easy to keep alive as the other epiphyllums!

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  13. Lots of lovely succulents, I'm glad to look at yours vicariously. The Leucadendron is lovely, but not hardy. I don't have much room to overwinter plants, unfortunately.

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    1. Every year I vow not to get any more plants that need special care during the winter. After all we live in the PNW where so many plants are hardy. Somehow, the tender kids just keep showing up and demanding to be babied. It's crazy!

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  14. Peter, I love begonias and 'Polka Dot' is wonderful! Also the coleus, nice and unusual shape of its leaves!

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    1. Nadezda, we share our love of begonias. Happy weekend!

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  15. Wonderful Peter, I really love the Begonia 'Polka Dot'. I have B. 'My Special Angel' and love the spots on that one too. Really love that curly echeveria. I think I have that one too or one that looks very like it.

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    1. Thanks Deanne. Those spotted leaved begonias are a hoot! It seems like there is an endless number of echiveria hybrids out there. Maybe there are only a few but the individuals look very different. They have such cool colors and shapes.

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  16. Enjoyed your collection of echeveria and am a big fan. Thought you might enjoy my philosophy of hens and chicks:


    http://patricksgarden.com/the-philosophy-of-hens-and-chicks/

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    1. Thanks for the link Partick, I'll check it out!

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  17. I love your rainy-day close ups of the agaves and succulents. I have four or five agaves in pots. One of mine, Agave parryi ssp 'truncata,' seems to be a bit faster grower than the others. I've had it for about 1 1/2 years and potted it on once and now it's bursting at the seems and ready for a bigger pot. I bought the 'truncata' from Jungle Fever Exotics in Ruston on Pearl St. The owner walked me around the block to his house's parking strip and he showed me a few Agave paryii 'trucatas' that were growing up on the mounded parking strip bed, between rocks and crevices. They were huge specimens!

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    1. Glad you liked them. Funny you should mention Jungle Fever as I just now came from there. Those agaves are awesome. Did you see the one that bloomed last year?

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    2. I missed it :) The mother plant dies after blooming, right? But she makes offsets and bulbils on the flower stalk I believe.

      My favorite right now in my tiny collection is Agave lophantha 'tricolor.' You can see it on my blog in the Alpine Gallery, it's the last thumbnail.

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    3. You are correct and the bloom stalk is really impressive!
      I love Agave lophantha 'tricolor'! Beautiful plant.

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  18. Love the coleus! I'm a sucker for unique coleus and I love the edges of this one.

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    1. There are so many wonderful ones out there now! Love the bold foliage that lasts all season long.

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  19. Hello there Outlaw !
    And .. every time I see your header picture I have a BIG grin on my face .. so darn cute I want to squeeze somebody's cheeks!! LOL
    I am such a fan of echeveria ! .. yet I couldn't find the type I really love this year .. I have the perfect low rimmed large clay pot for them too, darn it! ... all your foliage is very eye popping ? LOL
    For us ... time is passing faster .. light is changing ... and Autumn is working it's way here ... BIG sigh !
    Brilliant pictures in rain or not!
    Joy
    PS .. I am 99.9% too lazy to name my plants most of the time ! haha

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    1. Howdy Joy. The days are slowly getting shorter and, although it's still warm out, it has a different feeling outside than it did a few weeks ago. I remember living in the north and how quickly fall came. It's a bittersweet time in the garden; enjoying the fruits of our labor but knowing that everything will be changing soon.

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  20. All very, very cool, Peter. My favorite it the dew-dipped, variegated Agave attenuata. I had one in my yard when I was a kid in Hawaii. It went from tiny to HUGE seemingly overnight. Such a wonder.

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    1. Thanks Grace. I saw the huge Agave attenuates in California and thought they were incredibly beautiful! I also thought that I should send my whole collection of agaves down to California where they would be really happy and grow much larger than they'll probably ever get here.

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  21. Great succulents, Peter, but I'm most envious of your rain. Even my succulents are looking a little shriveled these days. Holding out for autumn!

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    1. Summer rain for us is fairly unusual so it's special when it happens! Your gardening season will start again soon!

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