Thursday, October 17

From Traditional to Tropical: October Foliage Follow-Up

As always, visit Pam at Digging for more of this month's fun foliage posts - and to share your own!

It's a mixed bag this month for the October Foliage Follow-up!  I have everything from late season vegetables:

A golden variety of Swiss chard
To forgotten-in-the-summertime plants that reveal themselves in themselves in fall's slanting sunshine:

Glossy-leaf European ginger
Grape hyacinth foliage and the last of the coleus
'Little Zebra' dwarf miscanthus
To the hot foliage of tropicals (like this red cordyline/Ti plant) that are bright enough to put the tree leaves to shame:


Okay, I'm currently in love with this cordyline and I can't pick just one photo to share... so here are a few more:




Soon, the cordyline will have to come inside, joining the other tropicals and non-hardy succulents on a windowsill:

Mother-of-thousands, tillandias and orchids
A close-up of one of the current crop of "thousands"
The cordyline might get a few companions this winter. I have a dish of rescued tillandsias that are taking up too much valuable space on a pedestal... surely a few of them can be tucked into the cordyline branches?

The green air plants are rescues from a trashed tillandsia ball... but the fun red tillandsia is my souvenir from Naples this spring!
Speaking of my winter plans, has anyone started moving in their plants yet this fall?  If so, do you have any space-saving hints on combining and displaying them in your house?  I--I mean, a friend of mine--could always use a little help in that department... ;-)

5 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I brought in my plants last evening. I don't have that many but the ones I bring in are so darned big. I have a small house and now it feels crowded in here. UGh... I always think I can leave some out but could I really? No. There they sit in front of the paito doors or in other windows making their adjustment to the dry indoor air. Here we go again...

Kim Mattingly said...

Lisa, I have BOTH problems this year - lots of houseplants AND a few really big ones! The biggest planters (the blue ones, with the cannas) are going to overwinter in the garage, I'm afraid. Might have to overwinter the fig there, too, because otherwise it tries to leaf out too early for its own good.

I've had a couple of good windows in use for the last few years, but now some of the littlest plants are getting bigger. And Steve's plants live here now, too. I'm afraid it's going to get REALLY jungle-y at my house this winter!

Pam/Digging said...

I can see why you're in love with that hot-pink cordyline. It's so vivid. Thanks for sharing what's looking good in your garden this month.

Kim Mattingly said...

Yeah... it's been a little quiet over the summer, actually. But the back lighting from the lowered sun really made it come alive. :-)

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your photos!
Greetings from Holland, RW & SK

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