Saturday, February 16, 2013

Foliage Follow Up - February

After GBBD on the 15th, comes Foliage Follow up, hosted by Pam at Digging. Go see more Foliage in her comments section!

For this month, I tried to stick to a theme of "new" foliage - all the spring plants that are finally waking up.

Starting the back garden, the first picture has nothing to do with new foliage:
but the Whale's Tongue Agave is so pretty!

Optuna is very purple now. I'm hoping it makes flowers again this year.

The  xMangave 'Macho Mocha' has made it through the winter with no problem... that means I get to buy more!
 The False Red Yuccas, of which there are a lot in the back garden, have acquired different colors, some are red now (I assume from the cold).
They all have lots of the little white curls on the leaf edges
 Finally! some actual emerging foliage - in this case the rhubarb!
But only one out of the two is making leaves - I'm waiting for the other one to catch up!
 There's actually a lot of dafodills poking their heads out of the soil in the back garden, but I didn't take any pictures of those. It will be a few more weeks before they bloom.

In the front garden, the mexican feather grasses look nice from some angles:
But as you can see in the last picture - that clump needs to be replaced with something else.
 This poor Aloe is adding some green to a corner of the front garden, but it's going to get moved soon...
And will probably end up in one of the tubes in the rear garden later.
 This should be a neat plant combo in a few weeks: Agave Schidigera plus daffodils. And another plant with the white curls on the leaves.
This is my fault - I didn't count on the daffodils growing there.
 More daffodils are growing under the Clematis trellis - doesn't it look like there's something missing there? I think I need another plant...
Is it spring yet?
 Speaking of the clematis, it's growing new foliage too - on the sad, burned, dead-looking stem from last year. Is that normal?
I was expecting it to regrow from the ground... We'll see what happens!
 Going back to the back garden, I noticed the pups under this (what I thought was) Agave horrida - which doesn't offset. So now I'm confused. The parent plant has some tip damage from the cold temperatures, so no picture of it.

If not A.horrida, then what? More research needed...
Spring is almost here! The weather has been nice, and trying to lure me into planting new plants... but we're expecting another cold front early next week. So instead, I'll be content admiring everyone else's gardens and their foliage!


  1. Looking good! I definitely count the luscious leaves of succulents among my Foliage Follow-Up plants. Thanks for joining in again!

    1. Thank you for hosting! I always find interesting new blogs through Foliage Follow-up.

  2. Hooray for your cool foliage. Your whale's tongue agave is especially beautiful.

    1. And it looked like that the whole winter too! Thank you for your comment.

  3. Quite a variety, and I would say much success! Not sure on clematis, but most burn up here in Abq, though I had a few make it E facing w/ some shade trees.

    1. I'm mostly growing the clematis out of stubbornness at this point - I'm pretty sure it is not happy here. But maybe if the Hardenbergia works out, a replacement is in sight... Thanks for your comment!


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