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, April 17, 2018

Foliage Follow-Up April 18 Podophyllums' Progress and a couple new additions.

Pam Penick of Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up on the day (or so)  after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day each month to remind us of the important role that foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year.  Click here to see Pam's gorgeous foliage and to find links to that of other participating gardeners.

There's a lot of foliage bursting forth in our pacific northwest gardens this spring.  It's no secret that I'm a fan of podophyllum and love the way they emerge.  Today's post is mostly about them. 

It's interesting that some of these little darlings are fully leafed out (and one even a bit tattered by our recent strong winds) while others are just peeking out of the soil.  P. 'Red Panda'  (P. difforme, not shown is just peeking out of the soil too while P. pleianthum is already a foot high.)

P. delavayi

P. delavayi

P. 'Spotty Dotty and delavayi

P. 'Red Panda'  It's interesting how similar thes all look at this stage and how different they'll look in a few weeks. 

Sinopanax formosanus made it through the winter above ground in this pot but it's in a slightly protected spot.

Trevesia aff. palmata  was in a plastic pot and got put in the greenhouse during our freezes but moved back out an potted here in it's more permanent home. 
Hope you're enjoying the foliage in your garden!


  1. Red Panda is a beauty! And glad to see Sinopanax sailed through fine for you, such a tricky plant to get going.

    1. Hmm...having just acquired a Sinopanax these words trouble me.

  2. You will have to do an update in a few weeks. I am dying to see how they all go on.

  3. Would you believe I don't own a single podophyllum? I do enjoy them through your photos though; you seem to be a true enthusiast. Trevesia aff. palmata looks wonderful in its permanent home, and I like the armeria underplanting. One rarely see it in garden posts and in my opinion its under appreciated.

  4. Clearly P. delavayi was designed to have a background of fallen pink Camellia, love that combo! It's nice to see your Sinopanax, and I still swoon for that Trevesia...

  5. Interesting plants Peter. I've never grown them and some of them for example 'Red panda' remind me sea plants or animals by their multi-color and strange surface.

  6. The Podophyllums are fascinating plants. The way they emerge from the soil always makes me think of alien creatures but then they are aliens here as coastal SoCal sadly isn't hospitable for them.

  7. I have been eyeing this plant at our nursery.

  8. I love how podophyllums pop up too. We hae several in the ground that are up and three in pots that got a head start under the cloche for the winter.
    But mostly, this time of year, it is the emerging leaves of trees that capture my attention.

  9. You have a great collection of Podophyllum, Peter! I particularly like P. delavayi.

  10. I love Mayapples. I have the natives that grow here. I didn't really know there were others available. They must be tropical or semi tropical. I wouldn't want to have to baby them since I don't have a green house. I do admire your collection. I would want spotty dotty just because of it's name.


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