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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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Foliage Follow Up February 2016

Each month on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up inviting bloggers to share images of foliage and to remind us of the important role foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year.  Click here to see her post and links to those of other participating bloggers.

Today I'm featuring evergreen foliage and newly emerging foliage, the promise of a new and wonderful gardening season.

Gunnera 


Lyonothamnus floribundus ssp. asplenifolius  AKA Catalinia Ironwood is becoming quite a nice sized tree even after being cut back by an especially cold winter a few years back.



Asplenium scolopendrium, Cyclamen hederifolium.

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'


Myrsine africana 'Scarlett Marglin'

Daphne x burkwoodii 'briggs moonlight'  dropped nearly all of it's leaves and made me think I'd killed another one but look, there are new leaves emerging.  Oh happy day!

Alchemilla mollis

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'



Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'





Yucca somethingorother



Begonia pedatifida

Only 31 days to the official start of spring though it seems like it's already begun here!

15 comments:

  1. I noticed there was a clump of the black liriope at our new house. It was in the ground next to the deck and I moved it to a raised bed in a retaining wall.

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  2. Hmmm. Someone else recently posted photos of their Begonia pedatifida foliage. Mine hasn't done a thing!!! I hope they're not dead. Oh...and did you see my Daphne x burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight' when you stopped by? It's looking a little sad too. Thanks for the hope of new leaves.

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  3. The standard evergreen fare is nice of course, but even nicer to see spring starting to show up!
    Is the daphne fussy? I would have thought it was plenty hardy.
    Frank

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  4. Can't wait until things start emerging here! (Don't you know that gunnera photos are forbidden? I don't want to know that species exists anymore, as it's too fabulous and also won't grow here.)

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  5. It's always such a relief when something you thought was dead shows signs of life. I know how it feels.

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  6. Can you imagine just how dreary our gardens would be without evergreens Peter?
    You've a lovely selection and nice to see that some of your perennials are up and about already.

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  7. Lots of new growth...spring is going to be gorgeous in your garden.

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  8. Great post. The Aucuba photo sent me out to look at mine. Such a great evergreen for shade.

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  9. I love that variegated foliage, Peter, especially the Myrsine. I lost my Daphne 'briggs moonlight', so congratulations on its survival. 'Summer Ice' has been a real trooper for me. Spring does seem to be on the way!

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  10. Oh good news about the Daphne! You have so many lovelies re-emerging and showing new growth. Happy spring, and happy Foliage Follow-Up!

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  11. And so doth the new foliage slowly emerge from the depths of the earth, to join those which bravely faced the cold and the dark everlastingly.

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  12. That Leucothoe is beautiful. I'm going to look it up but I have a sneaky suspicion I'll find that it doesn't like heat and that it does like water. However, I did just buy myself an Aucuba japonica just last week, though it's not as lusciously yellow as yours.

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  13. The Myrsine is new to me, I love it. Also the Lyonothamnus is most unusual, with lovely leaves. I will look out for it.

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  14. You have some wonderful combos there. I love the chore of cutting back about now, when I can see all the new little shoots hiding under the dead parts. The leaf shape on the Ironwood is super. The edict "No more trees!" may need to be ignored. I sneak them in small, then stand back.

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