Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday's Foliage Follow Up


I was most excited to receive a trial plant of Abelia 'Kaleidoscope' at the Garden Writers of America symposium last fall. I'd seen the plant in Houston area nurseries but was reluctant to pay the steep price for a mature shrub, not knowing how well it would perform here. My excitement turned to dismay when the plant proved in fact to be three minimally rooted cuttings. Now this is where my memory gets fuzzy. Did I plant them all out and then lose them to the unusually cold temperatures? Or did I leave one in a pot, thinking that I'd wait to see whether it revived in spring? When I found the plant above sprouting leaves a couple of weeks ago, I wasn't sure what it was. Now that the leaves are a decent size, the coloration makes me think perhaps this is that Abelia. Or is it? And if it's not that Abelia, WHAT in the heck is it? (The Head Gardener thinks I should be more diligent in labeling things. I thought that was HER job.) Anyone want to hazard a guess?

4 comments:

beckie said...

Cindy, when I first saw your plant, I thought it was a varigated sweet potato vine. But what do I know!

I had to tell you I was listening to my car radio the other day on the way home from work-there was a University of Illinois women's softball game on. When suddenly I thought I heard the announcer say 'from Katy, Texas.' Well, I had to listen to a couple more innings and sure enough a girl named Holly Pitchback plays for the U of I and is a sophmore there. I felt such a connection, :) as in, I know where that is and I know someone else who lives there!

Hope you and the head gardener are doing well.

Rose said...

I have no idea if this is an Abelia, but it's so pretty that I'd definitely let it stay no matter what it is.

I'm just now getting around to some of the Bloom Day posts--you certainly do have an embarrassment of riches! Love the columbines and the larkspur--I'm crossing my fingers that all the larkspur seeds I ordered will do half as well here.

foldfallowplough said...

It could be an alternanthera too -- not the Party Time Pink one but maybe some other ficoidea. I don't think it's the Kaleidoscope abelia.
Love your blog!

foldfallowplough said...

It could be an alternanthera too -- not the Party Time Pink one but maybe some other ficoidea. I don't think it's the Kaleidoscope abelia.
Love your blog!