Saturday, April 17

Foliage Follow Up - April 2010

Every spring, when the new foliage emerges, I remember just how many shades of green (and red, and purple, and yellow, and silver!) plants can show.  I also remember how much I love seeing all of these colors backlit by either the early morning or late evening sun.  Check out the glow:

Peach Heuchera

Strawberry leaf.

Emerging variegated sedum

Tree peony

Tree peony, up close (peep the water droplets from that morning's dew--very cool)

Glowing green centers on the red sedum spurium

bergenia,  left,  and species tulipes, right

A closer view--just for Joey, Mr. McGregor's Daughter, and all of the other bergenia lovers out there!

Emerging leaves on the 'Sykes Dwarf' oakleaf hydrangea

And a close-up of the same... just because the color difference on the two halves (one side backlit, one side not) completely fascinates me

'Golden Sword' yucca, with sedum spurium and common sage

Species tulips, with their streaked and backlit foliage providing a nice contrast to the blazing flowers... and to the sedum below.

Last but not least, I'm veering a little more off-topic to show you one plant whose foliage is too thick to really shine in backlighting.  There's just no way I could leave it out, because it commands the attention of all who pass by my house, from its lofty perch at the top of my front porch steps:

This is just a tease of the blue agave, but I promise a full photo of it in situ sometime soon.  I just wanted to highlight the great toothed markings on the leaves themselves, leftover from a time when these leaves were tightly pressed against each other within the rosette of inner foliage.  Amazing!

To find out what other foliage is capturing the attention of gardeners around the globe, visit Pam's Foliage Follow-Up post and follow the links within the comments left there.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

I was just looking at the garden yesterday thinking about how it won't be long and all the spring blossoms will be gone and there won't be much blooming in my garden for awhile. There is a lot of texture and color in the foliage. Does you agave live inside during the winter? I think they are the most beautiful plants. I am always looking for some that will grow in outside in our area. I don't think they are to be found. I always like to plant interesting foliage in my window boxes because of the light shining through the leaves look like stained glass.

Pam/Digging said...

I think it's so cool that you have an agave on your front porch. Do passersby know what it is? And look at that detail on the strawberry plant! Lots of wonderful foliage in your garden, Kim.

Heather's Garden said...

I don't know if it's your camera, you, or both, but your photos are looking fantastic!

Linda said...

Wonderful light and texture in your photos. Isn't it so exciting watching Spring unfold!

Layanee said...

What would a garden be without green? Love all of yours.

Stratoz said...

I will pray for your tender leaves, if you pray for mine

not digging the cooler temps, but surviving here in PA

Kjirsti said...

What lovely pictures. I love the light coming through the strawberry leaf!

Gail said...

Kim, Sorry I missed these last two wonderful posts...You have a great garden and I never fail to see something I love...I still want those metal grates you showed us! I don't know whether or not it's growth as a gardener or exposure to so many fantastic blogs all over the world~But, I have also developed a taste for agaves and yuccas! LOL! gail love the bergenia, it just won't grow here!

Kylee Baumle said...

I love the last tulip shot the best! And WHERE did you find an agave that size??? I'm on the lookout for one! I'm SO envious! (Pam will tell you!)

joey said...

So enjoyed your foliage follow up, Kim, and thanks for the mention. I do so love bergenia ... mine are stunning, blooming like crazy. This spring has been amazing ... you think! Will be anxious to see your tree peony in bloom.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Often times when designing or rehabbing a garden, foliage colors become as important as flower colors to me. You have some great examples.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

beautiful imprinting on the agave!

Annie in Austin said...

The tulips and bergenia go together so beautifully, Blackswamp Kim, which surprises me a little -didn't realize the young foliage color of Pigsqueek was so subtle.

No tree peony foliage here, alas - but with luck the new young Oakleaf Hydrangea will agree to live in Austin. Yours looks great!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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