Found at Lowe's on a late night run for some stuff for the pond, Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' is described thus on the Monrovia tag, "Fabulous burnished black leaves are splashed with hot pink in the spring, transitioning in summer to cream and pink." Who could resist?
Schefflera delavayi stretching out it's hands to catch unwary passers by.
This year's coleus (colei?)
Echeveria hybrid from Rare Plant Research. More on that in another post.
One of the large leaved rhododendrons with new growth emerging. The Rhododendron Society says that putting coffee grounds about 2 inches deep on the ground around your plants that attract weevils will keep them from damaging your plants as they don't like to walk on coffee grounds for some reason. I've tried it on several plants and it seems to be working. Of course, I did spray beneficial nematodes on the soil several times a year for the last two or three but the plants without coffee grounds still have damage. This takes a lot of grounds and has to be done each year as the grounds decompose but it's free and organic so hooray! If you're not a coffee drinker or if you have a lot of space to cover, Starbucks will save and bag it's used grounds to give away. You may wish to call first to make sure.
Azara microphylla variegata with Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion' and some other stuff.
The pond up and running before fish. I've re-strung the electric fence with wire instead of the white string stuff and like the wire much better as it blends with the background much better than what's in this picture. The area in front has also now been weeded so imagine it looking much better than this.
Tom giving the Dr. Seuss tree a haircut. Lots of foliage.
After the haircut.
Happy Monday and please forgive my tardiness!