Foliage followup day – December 2017

It looks like our long stretch of sun and cold winds might have ended. Lucky me – I managed to get a decent, sun-drenched shot of one of my perennial infatuations. I apologize for constantly posting shots of Melianthus major, but it’s just such a gloriously photogenic plant!

Best foliage plant ever!

One of the few leaves left on our native Ocean Spray (Holodiscus discolor), lit up by the slanted winter sun.

As I was looking for something to go in a planter with the lacy cabbage I picked up, my eyes fell on the Arum italicum ‘Pictum’. Terrible picture, but it struck me that the leaves of the Arum lily are almost the optical opposite of each other, pattern-wise. I can’t wait for this planter to grow up a little! Right now, it looks rather pitiful, but I think once the Arum catches up in size, it will be kind of fun!

For some weird reason (to which I’m not privy) these are referred to as “stork cabbages”. Have no idea why – long stalks, maybe? Anyway – I love these. Finally had time last week, to turn them into a planter together with some other things that had patiently waited for over a month – Euphorbia rigida, a deep purple Heuchera, and a variegated ivy. There is a tiny-leaved Fuchsia in there too, but you can barely see it. It hasn’t taken too well to all these winds we’ve been having.

Here is a closeup of that Cabbage “flower”. Who needs roses when you have cabbage?

Ending with a shot of my black bamboo, which desperately needs thinning. Which is a project for another day.

For more fab foliage from gardens all over creation – head over to Pam at Digging. Thanks for hosting, Pam, and Merry Christmas!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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7 Responses to Foliage followup day – December 2017

  1. tonytomeo says:

    I was just about to ask about the stems on those cabbage when I got the caption. They are . . . different.

  2. Beautiful photos!
    I have never heard of ‘stork cabbages’ – very interesting

  3. Kris P says:

    Show Melianthus as often as you please, Anna! I love it too. I’d feared that mine had perished but it just took its time to leaf out when I cut back the foliage burned during our October heatwaves. The ornamental cabbage really does look like roses, and blemish-free ones with attractive “leaves” to boot.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I really love Melianthus. It died all the way back last winter, and when I saw that first tiny leaf emerge, I was thrilled! Tougher than one might think. I’m glad you got yours back, too.

  4. Alyse says:

    Haha no need to apologize for that! Love your perspective(s) on it.
    Re your first photo above–Why are repeating patterns so darn appealing?? Something to the human psyche that loves order? Craving structure from the cacophony that is daily life? My favorite meme/hashtag: #thingsorganizedneatly. 😀

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