Tuesday, February 16

February Foliage Follow-Up


I am admittedly a foliage girl--and by that, I mean a foliage addict.  If a plant has unusual variegation, dark color, or a twist... I drool.  And then scheme on how to add that plant to my collection.  So I simultaneously adored Pam's idea for Foliage Follow-Up after every Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day... and dreaded the thought of posting a photo of every single plant that I wanted to feature.

So I am resolved to limiting myself to just three different plants each week.  (Not counting the opening photo above--that's technically a photo showing the fuzzy stem on the spent flower of the paphiopedilum, not the awesome checkered-looking foliage.  I SWEAR.  ;)  Here are this month's, in no particular order:

kalanchoe beharensis
A native of Madagascar... I bought this kalanchoe beharensis at the local garden center because I love seeing it at the CBG Glasshouse when I volunteer.

sanseviera 'Twisted Sister'
I don't know which I like better, the combination of silver foliage detail and bright yellow edge... or the twisty foliage:



hoya kerrii albomarginata
I know, I showed this plant last time, too.  But I'm absolutely amazed at its leaves... and I love the way it looks against the pot that the Jade Plant from H___ lives in, too:

I had to put my hand in there for one photo, to show off the size of those leaves.  They're so pretty and large that they look fake!

Hope you've enjoyed my Foliage Follow-Up... and remember, you can find more fine foliage to enjoy by visiting Pam @ Digging.

20 comments:

Layanee said...

No flowers here or new foliage either but I am enjoying yours.

Leslie said...

I like your colored foliage too Kim! Those hoya leaves are amazing.

noel said...

aloha,

beautiful posts today on all your amazing textures, colors and variegations, i actually love the first photo of your variegated plant, whats the name on that one?

i'm also a kalanchoe freak and these can get huge in the garden in the right conditions.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Thanks, Layanee and Leslie! Leslie, I'm completely smitten with this hoya's leaves, too... :)

Aloha, Noel! Lucky you... we can't grow the kalanchoes in our gardens here unless we dig and bring them in for the winter. It gets too cold here!

That first plant with the checkerboard-looking foliage is a hybrid paphiopedilum orchid, aka ladyslipper orchid. I'll post the full name of mine when I get home and check the tag, but there are a lot of "paphs" that have similarly foliage. You can find out a little more about them (and see some cool photos) on this wikipedia page.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Gorgeous foliage too!! I love that big one. I don't think I have ever seen such a thing.

Melody said...

Somebody really has it out for women - naming a mother-in-law plant, 'Twisted Sister' - lol. I like it though:)

Eliza said...

So pretty! The kalanchoe makes me want to pet it, sort of looks like a fuzzy oyster. :)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love a plant that looks fake - thanks for the hand scale photo. The Hoya is awesome.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Nice collection of foliages, Kim. Miss having a fuzzy kalanchoe like that, though. Now i'll have to go find one.

Pam/Digging said...

I knew you'd have some good foliage to show us, Kim. I'm a fan of 'Twisted Sister' for the name alone, but the twist is also neat. Thanks for joining in Foliage Follow-Up.

kris at Blithewold said...

Thank you, Kim for naming another of our mystery kalanchoes! Ours doesn't look nearly as happy as yours though... And that hoya is outrageous. Love. Want.

A wildlife gardener said...

Texture and foliage..in abundance...wonderful, Kim :)

http://ourlittlecornerofparadise.blogspot.com/2010/02/flocks-of-pigeons-at-barleycorn.html

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

I just took some cutting of that same kalanchoe yesterday.... they root very easily.

joey said...

Like you, I am smitten with foliage, Kim, and love your 'Twisted Sister' (of which I am one)!

Annie in Austin said...

Oooh, the texture on that kalanchoe is so cool! That's foliage you want to touch as well as look at.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Gail said...

Twisted Sister is a new one to me...I like it...the name is way cool, too. gail

lisa said...

I would absolutely buy a plant called "Twisted Sister" for the name, no matter WHAT it was! I bought onion sets this year named "Red Zeppelin" :) Thank you for sharing your fabulous foliage.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

I'm a HUGE fan of foliage, as you may know. Hey...my mom gave me her Kalanchoe beharensis, which I found out on Twitter yesterday is the cultivar 'Fang' due to its prickly things on the bottom of the leaves. The plant had some issues when Mom gave it to me, but it's doing better now and shows new growth at the top and at the base.

That Hoya is amazing!

lisa said...

Hey Kim! I'm having a seed giveaway, come on over and win some seeds! :)

Andrea at Heavy Petal said...

Oh my! This is the first I've heard of a foliage version of bloom day - what a fabulous idea! I'm way more into foliage than blooms. Thanks for sharing!

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