Saturday, January 16, 2010

Foliage Follow-Up - January 16, 2010

Yesterday flowers, today foliage.  Greens, browns and reds.

When you're through here, hop over to Digging, where Pam is collecting Foliage Follow-Up links.

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon sp?).  Brown and crisp from the cold but I like the look of gold in winter.  I'll cut it back in spring and new shoots will come up.  Yes, this is the seasoning that makes Thai soups so good.

In the background, Flowering Senna (Senna corymbosa) hung with seed pods.

The beauty of the winter garden is variety in shapes, colors and textures.  Our recent cold turned the stems of this pointy-leaved Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) red.  Today's rain will encourage spring blooms and then berries for the birds from this native perennial.

Mid-picture, I love the flowing, fountainy look of Bamboo Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa), hiding my septic installation.  Great four-season screening plant and deer don't eat it.  Foreground, native yuccas, background, Flowering senna. 

In the backyard garden close to the house, I planted early bulbs.  Here are daffodils and narcissus on the way up (foreground), maybe these will be my February bloom day pix.  In the background, my Agapanthus laid down by the freezes.  I'll cut the mushy stems back to keep rot from creeping.  The centers are still good, I'm hoping the plants will come back in spring.

This Agave (sp. unknown) came through the freezes well, covered with a sheet.  So did the red finger-shaped fungus on the ground next to it.  Would love to know more about the fungus. Thanks, Sally Moon, for pointing me toward Dog Stinkhorn for the fungus.

We planted this Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense) in April 2009.  It hung on through the scorching summer, but wasn't happy until temperatures and rain fell.  Now the leaves are red from cold.  When it grows taller, it will hide the cable/phone box on the house.  Good four-season cover.

Pink Texas Skullcap (Scutellaria suffrutescens), one of my favorite winter plants.  Cheerful little evergreen mounds.  Come spring, it will bloom too, bringing butterflies.   Oxblood lillies at the right side of the picture.

And last, wildflowers-to-be.  The bright green foreground babies are annual Winecups (Callirhoe leiocarpa), the darker green mid-picture are a perennial variety, Callirhoe involucratal.  In the background, the green fountain is Hinckley's sedge, another native evergreen cheering my winter garden.
Hope that wherever you are, you're enjoying this time of quiet in the garden.


  1. Textures are so important in the garden and yours are beautiful. Go green!

  2. I LOVE that lemon grass foliage for winter interest, Kathleen. How thirsty does it get, and how much sun needed? Also, not to seem too greedy, but if your beautiful striped agave ever pups such that you have too many, I will gladly take a pup off your hands. ;-)

    You have great winter interest thanks to a diversity of foliage. Thanks for participating in Foliage Follow-Up!

  3. Your garden is beautiful Kathleen. I've had no luck at all with my Chinese Fringe Plant. It never really settled in when I first planted it and it appears completely dead now. I'll wait and see if it perks up in spring.

  4. Thank you for posting those winecup seedlings. I wasn't sure what was coming up in my seedling tray - now I am!

  5. Kathleen you certainly have lots going on in your garden this month. Texture - you have lots of it and thats for sure. Those fingers of fungi are quite interesting - never seen the likes of that before.

  6. That red fungus is certainly weird looking! Love the look of the lemon grass. And bamboo muhly is one of my favorites but mine got pretty nipped by the freezes. I'm hoping just cutting them back in late winter will work.

  7. Finger stinkhorn mushroom..

  8. Kathleen its Rosie here. Thankyou for visiting my blog and commenting- that was much appreciated. I was reading a blog a day or so ago and the writer is into fungi also and I just could not remember which blog I had been on that had been asking about those red finger like fungi..... till I came over here again. Sometime you might be interested in this blog

    its got great info about fungi too.

  9. Hi Pam, the lemon grass is pretty forgiving. Prefers good soil but lives in my thin-clay-over-limestone. Fairly drought tolerant. Likes sun. Nice thick green fountain in summer, gold in winter.

  10. Hi there fellow Hill Country gardener! Just found your blog and love it! I've never seen that red fungus before and I'm a Hill Country native. Fascinating!
    I'll be back to read often. :)


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