Emerging variegated sedum
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.
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.
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.
I don't know if it's your camera, you, or both, but your photos are looking fantastic!
Wonderful light and texture in your photos. Isn't it so exciting watching Spring unfold!
What would a garden be without green? Love all of yours.
I will pray for your tender leaves, if you pray for mine
not digging the cooler temps, but surviving here in PA
What lovely pictures. I love the light coming through the strawberry leaf!
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!
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!)
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.
Often times when designing or rehabbing a garden, foliage colors become as important as flower colors to me. You have some great examples.
beautiful imprinting on the agave!
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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