Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Follow the Fellow Who Follows The Foliage ...

The Head Gardener promises that if you say that three times really fast, good things will come to your garden. (To those who scoff, she says it's just as likely as your receiving good luck from forwarding an e-mail to 10 people in 3 minutes.Or 3 people in 10 minutes.)

So it's the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and I'm following the fellow gardener who follows the foliage, Pam at Digging. I ankled it around the garden this afternoon, foraging for photo ops while dodging raindrops. The first thing that caught my eye was the intricate pattern of foliage and buds on this Queen Anne's Lace.



The Virginia Sweetspire was a forlorn sight until a few days ago, when the new growth emerged. There are tiny spires of blooms coming on now, too.



This is one of the two Japanese Maples I bought on clearance at Houston Plant and Garden World late last fall. Watching the new growth emerge has been exhilarating.



Look at how beautiful these leaves are!


The ferns have unfurled new fronds of vibrant spring green.



The poppies are proof that you don't need blooms to be beautiful.



Back in September I bought bulbs at a nursery in San Antonio for Chasmanthe floribunda, a South African native with yellow or orange blooms (I bought 5 bulbs of each color). I had it in my head that they were a summer bloomer so I was surprised to see this bloom spike accompanying the striking architectural foliage. The HG did some research and informs me that I was either (a) clearly delusional or (b) appallingly lackadaisical in my approach to planting them. They were an impulse buy, that much I'll acknowledge. And I am wishing I'd learned a bit more about them before I planted them. The information I've found indicates that they prefer to remain undisturbed once planted. Leaving things in the first place I put them is not my strong suit. If I decide I'm not happy with where I've put them, I'll do my best to channel Tim Gunn and "make it work".

2 comments:

Gail said...

Cindy, Follow the fellow who follows foliage can not be said three times without mistakes...and I had to correct spelling/typos three times! But, you do have some fine foliage and I know that you look at each emerging plant with relief to see growth...It all looks good from here. gail

Cindy, MCOK said...

Gail, I do indeed feel greatly relieved at each sign of new growth! Today's post was on a biggie!