Foliage Follow-Up, October 2014

It is most definitely fall, and I love it! Cooler temps, some of that wonderful rain, and clouds that veil that incessant sunshine to more tolerable levels. The panic of being trapped in an overheated summer is starting to subside, and I feel like I can relax again. Phew! I really love October!

A definite foliage favorite  - my Melianthus. I moved it yesterday, so today it is not looking quite as happy. Despite this, my hopes are high for a comeback this spring - it got one of the best spots the house has to offer!

A definite foliage favorite – my Melianthus. I moved it yesterday, so today it is not looking quite as happy. Despite this, my hopes are high for a comeback this spring – it got one of the best spots the house has to offer!

Love how it looks after a rain - it's like it's got its own built-in Cat Crap.

Love how it looks after a rain – it’s like it’s got its own built-in Rain X.

The Colocasia makes the same pretty pearls.

The Colocasia makes the same pretty pearls.

Echium candicans, Cannabina, Licorice plant and a Kniphofia. The Cannabina didn't grow very much this year. It spent a good while healing itself after a somewhat botched transplant attempt. Hopes are high it will make up for it next year!

Echium candicans, Cannabina, Licorice plant, a Kniphofia and Salvia argentea at the bottom. The Cannabina didn’t grow very much this year. It spent a good while healing itself after a somewhat botched transplant attempt. Hopes are high it will make up for it next year!

One of my absolute fave foliages - Lupinus albifrons. Love that silvery sheen!

One of my absolute fave foliages – Lupinus albifrons. Love that silvery sheen!

I like the ferny green with the strappy black - Grevillea 'Scarlet sprite' with Pennisetum 'Vertigo'.

I like the ferny green with the strappy black – Grevillea ‘Scarlet sprite’ with Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’.

A Harts tongue fern I fell for at the Fling banquet. Can't for the life of me remember which variety it is.

A Harts tongue fern I fell for at the Fling banquet. Can’t for the life of me remember which variety it is.

Vitis purpureum - my purple ornamental grape switching to fall colors.

Vitis purpureum – my purple ornamental grape switching to fall colors.

Partial view down the side yard project.

Partial view down the side yard project. My humble goal is to get this finished before first frost. One of the things I want to do, is remove the occasional raspberry that still pops up here and there. I really wish I had room for both, but alas I don’t. Last year, the raspberries were donated to an organization that grows edibles so that I could free up space for more horticultural experimentation. My name is Anna, and I am an addict…

I'll leave you with the portrait of a new friend, as he takes off for new discoveries. Go check out what fabulous foliage grows in other gardens over at Pam's blog Digging. Thanks for hosting, Pam!

I’ll leave you with the portrait of a new friend, as he takes off for new discoveries. No doubt he is leaving to check out what fabulous foliage grows in other gardens over at Pam’s blog Digging. Thanks for hosting, Pam!

 

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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12 Responses to Foliage Follow-Up, October 2014

  1. Alison says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely foliage! I love the hart’s tongue fern, and some day, maybe next year, I will actually find that Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ at a nursery.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Alison! I responded to a call from Loree in early summer. She had spotted the Vertigo in quarter-pots at Home Depot of all places!!! I bought three of them. They are branded Proven Winners, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been so surprised to find them at a box store. Peter (who is a terrible enabler) talked me in to the fern at the Fling. I’m actually grateful to him! 🙂

  2. Pam/Digging says:

    I love October too! Isn’t it a wonderful month no matter what part of the country you’re in? I love those Melianthus leaves too — the serrated edges, lilac older leaves, and waterproofing — stunning! And it looks like you have the new Stachys ‘Bello Grigio’, which I’m dying to try in my Austin garden, if I could only find a mail order source or a local supplier.

    • annamadeit says:

      Pam, if Bella Grigio does well (as in spreads) and survives the winter, I’ll happily to send you a start, come spring. Jumped on it when I saw it appear in early summer, and haven’t seen it much since then. It flew off the shelves!

  3. rickii says:

    Wonderful tapestry of foliage, and it all looks so good against the PURPLE. (are you listening, William?)

    • annamadeit says:

      I have no idea why, Ricki, but your comment ended up in my spam folder… This, and two more. Oh well, a bit late, but I’m responding to them now. Thanks, but naah, I’ve given up on William – he will not listen to any reason in regards to purple. Oh well, on my own turf, I will do what I want! 🙂

  4. Tamara says:

    Gorgeous! Where did you get your Lupinus albifrons?? Wow, your garden is looking stunning!

  5. Loree says:

    “clouds that veil that incessant sunshine to more tolerable levels”
    “the panic of being trapped in an overheated summer is starting to subside”

    If I didn’t know better I would think you were a stand up comedian. Really? Gawd, I don’t belong here…(you do)…

    • annamadeit says:

      Are you kidding? We moved here because of lower temps and rain clouds. These hot summers really get to me – especially this last one when I spent all of it outside. My own personal hell, unless I can hang out in the shade (which this year, I couldn’t). You’re right, I’m pretty happy here – especially when it cools off. But, you are not allowed to move, because the rest of us rely on your trailblazing zone denial! Plus, we like you! 😉

  6. Kit Aerie-el says:

    Gorgeous photos of foliage in your gardens! I’m definitely adding Lupinis albifrons to my list of seeds to order!

  7. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Kit! I got mine as a start from Annie’s Annuals. Hopefully by next year it will bloom and I can share seeds!

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