Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Foliage Follow-Up - February 16, 2010

Baby greens, evergreens, reds and browns.  One day warm, one day cold.  Living in the moment.

Tall Aster (Aster praealtus ) basal rosettes growing under and out from last summer's stalks.  Next October the stalks-yet-to-come will be covered in little purple blooms, and yellow-orange butterflies.

Cedar sage (Salvia roemeriana), evergreen and prolifically seeding.  Drought-tolerant, deer-resistant shade-lover.  When the weather turns hot, it will welcome butterflies with stalks of red trumpet blooms.

Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina) soft gray-green leaves shine all winter, and pinky-purple blooms crawl sprawling stalks all summer.  Not tidy but beloved by bees.

Left alone, lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) grows into a purply-green shady-area carpet, and blooms blue in early spring.  Deer resistant.

New leaves sprout on native Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).  

And buds of future flowers on our new little Escarpment Black Cherry tree (Prunus serotina var. eximia) .

We have our share of winter-burned brown but it's more fun to share the hope of spring.

For more Foliage Follow-up, click on over to Digging, where Pam is hosting the community.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.


  1. The hope of Spring, I like that. You have some great plants here.

  2. I love salvias. I had a lyre leaf sage but it disappeared one year. Maybe it is too humid here - I live in North Florida. I have never tried the cedar sage, but I think I will.

  3. Lovely photos from a lovely woman.

    Sending love,


  4. aloha,

    i love your new buds and lambs ears, lots of beautiful textures, colors and variations in your garden this morning.....thanks for posting this.

  5. I do think the anticipation is half the fun.
    Those first pokes through the mud, the soon to unfurl.
    Love the juxtaposed dead/alive.

    I'll check out the link, thank you , Kathleen

  6. You have some great foliage. I love those Lamb's Ears, they're so cuddly :-)

  7. It IS more fun to share the hope of spring. Yea for the escarpment black cherry! Thanks for posting, Kathleen.

  8. Hooray - the escarpment black cherry lives on!

    Isn't it fun - this is one of those situations that simply calls out to be fully three named - like Philip Seymour Hoffman or Veal Prince Orloff...

    Thanks for the hope of Spring shared!

  9. Hi Kathleen,
    Been catching up with the birds, butterflies and springing buds and leaves here. I feel like I've had a sunny day in the yard. Thanks. There is Hope! x0 N2

  10. HOORAY SPRING! I loved these pictures, thanks for posting them!


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