What to do when Monday and Foliage Follow-Up happen on the same day? A wiser person would simply do an arrangement of foliage but you've got me so first this week's arrangement, which is a partial cheat. Most of the elements came from my garden but not all this year; the wheat was not, nor was the eucalyptus which I do grow.
The Indian Horse Chestnut conkers are from our tree but the spiky seedpods came from the ground beneath a huge old tree found on walk around our neighborhood. Throw in some glass pumpkins and the cute spinning gourd, a gift from Danger and, as they do in Portland, put a bird on it..
There you have it, this week's vase. Since it's dried, it will stay there through Thanksgiving.
Found these velvet pumpkins on clearance after Halloween. For a couple of bucks each, who could resist?
Now the random foliage, shot in a hurry during the rain storm. Who knew that on Sunday the clouds would part and we'd have a sunny afternoon. Oh well.
One of my baby Yucca rostratas which will, perhaps in my lifetime, trunk up. Or maybe I'll simply get tired of waiting and get a large one if I ever redo my back beds.
While the plan was to leave these outside all winter, seeing them in the rain makes me sad and I know they'll look much better come spring if they winter indoors so that's the next task.
Hooray, one of the Yucca 'Bright Star' is coloring up nicely.
Euonymus japonicus really shines in the fall and winter and is just starting to take on a little of it's pink cold weather coloration.
I never tire of lovingly gazing at cyclamen foliage. The leaf patterns are so varied from plant to plant.
The wind took most of the autumn foliage from the deciduous trees but there is still some hanging on.
In the greenhouse: I keep trying to give this one away but today, I'm happy to see that nice orange color.
Cussonia spicata is looking like it might actually live. Hooray!
This, of course, is a tropical house plant that's not supposed to like temps as low as what the greenhouse experiences. We'll see how it does.
Back outside, the leaves of the inherited Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' continue to thrill. To think that when we moved in, I didn't like the purple leaves and contemplated removing the (then) much smaller tree. It now keeps me company when I'm on the back porch talking on the phone, drinking my morning coffe, or just being throughout the year and it's branches are starting to grow beautiful lichens. Can't imagine being without it now. Strange how plants grow on us.
What foliage is catching your eye this month?
Can't wait to see your Monday Vases!