Foliage For August

Some foliage for August.  Thanks as always to Digging for hosting this fun garden meme.  

Globed versions of Bougainvillea and Abelia.  Unclipped versions would be blooming heavily.  These must rely on their silhouettes and back lighting for beauty.  I find the orderly shapes very soothing.
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IYucca, irrigated:
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Light softly glowing through Agave attenuata.  Also very soothing.
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Light shining through Paper Mulberry, Broussonetia (aka Morus) papyrifera, an invasive species in this area.
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The Ficus-like (as in retusa) foliage of Prunus ilicifolia, a native species.  A good substitute for Ficus retusa, as it will not get so tall, and has even less need for water.  
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The cherry-like fruit is nearly fleshless, and so is of little interest to humans.  
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Invasive species like Canary Island Date Palm and Washingtonia, seen though breaks in the beetle-chewed foliage of another invader, Eucalyptus globulous--the essence of inhabited California hillsides. There's a native Toyon in there somewhere.
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And lastly Manfreda 'Spot', which someone remarked upon as having spots that fade, but mine have not...yet.
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Comments

  1. Superb photos and plants, especially the irrigated Yucca!

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  2. Beautiful photography and foliage... lovely post

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  3. Your post is definitely my favorite 8/2012 foliage feature online! The glow of the Agave attentuata pushed it over the top. Looks like the extra humidity from the monsoonal flow is helping out, too!

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  4. Beautiful post...that Agave shot is amazing...you should frame it!

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