'Fama' Poses With Her Foliage Friends, And Leaves

 'Fama' with Dichondra sericea

A recent Late To The Garden Party post points out the beauty of spring foliage.  Good point!

A new Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama' offered one big (2.5"/12 cm), very floppy flower immediately after purchase.  'Fama' decided to take a tour of her new home, looking at beautiful spring foliage to find a new BFF.  

With very silver Senecio ragusina
 Slightly silver to olive Ballota pseudodictamnus
 Olive/red/bronze Uncinia rubrum
 Chartreuse Sedum 'Angelina'
 Chartreuse variegation on Alstroemeria
 Ivory marginated Agave 'Snow Glow'
 Yellow striped pink edged Aeonium 'Kiwi'
 Fresh green Geranium 'Rozanne'
 Rich green with orange flowers Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' 
'Fama' thinks the Senecio should be her new BFF.  Is she correct?

There's other fish in the sea, other leaves in the garden.  Acer palmatum 'Oshio Bene' leafing out:
 Hydrangea before the flowers appear
 Magnolia stellata after the flowers are finished
 Spring rose foliage and "winter"-loving (what passes for winter here) succulents
 Sideritis cypria, Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder', Dasylirion wheeleri:
 Gully garden looking really good.  All sorts of foliage
 A cascading Acer palmatum 'Ryusen' with Cordyline 'Electric Shock'.  'Ryusen' will eventually (supposedly) drape over the retaining wall.                      
 Gully terraces pretty good after years of errors.  Will the boxwood and Acer be okay in a lot more sun, now the Cypress are gone?  An arrow points out the new recently planted Arctostaphylos 'Austin Griffiths', a replacement for the far-too-large -but-gorgeous golden Cypress, now just a towering memory 
 Near to far, Banksia prionotes, Nepeta tuberosa, Metrosideros 'Springfire'
 Tiny yet healthy Lagerstroemia 'Cherry Mocha' was 2" tall last spring.  Now it's over 6"!  Protected from bunnies so it doesn't instantly become 2" tall again. 
 Yes indeed, let's relish spring foliage!

Comments

  1. Fama with the Uncinia is fabulous! But oh, that acer! Does that make up for warm climate lack of fall colour?

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    1. No, not really. There's nothing quite like fall color. Still, very fortunate to be able to enjoy that Acer this spring!

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  2. I like the Dichondra sericea - but then that is new to me.

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    1. I like that plant a whole lot! Dichondra argentea is similar but not compact like sericea. D. sericea is from one place in extreme southern Arizona and the Rio Mayo region of northern Mexico, an area with a wide array of micro-climates.

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  3. I agree re: the spring foliage. It really shines in the bright light. I can't pick a favorite among your foliage combos--they're all fabulous! Bunnies are so frustrating--thanks for the reminder: I need to cage and re-cage a few plants.

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    1. Blanket blank bunnies are rendering some of my roses naked below the waist (so to speak). Grrrr!

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  4. 'Fama' clearly looks good with everything but I think you've identified the best match. I'm very envious of the red Japanese maple - it's spectacular! The cascading maple is no slouch either. Have you had the Uncinia long? I tried it and killed it rather quickly - it seemed to expect more water than it got.

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    1. Got the Uncinia last June as I recall. I sited it very carefully as it is from NZ. It's in a moist (well, moist for here) area with only morning sun. So far, doing okay...we'll see what this summer does.

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  5. Lovely tour...have fallen in love with the tour guide 'Fama'. Looking great wherever the Director posed her for the publicity shots.

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    1. Have major plant-crush on 'Fama', too. I hope the plant grows and produces more of those lovely flowers--very long lasting in a vase, 2 weeks!

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  6. Love seeing all of this foliage. I can hardly wait until my garden is full of it. It is coming. Leaves on the roses are protruding. Lawn is greening up. Trees are beginning to bud.
    I think Rozanne can give that Fama a run for the blue/purple award. :) Cheers.

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    1. Very soon you will get some spring. 'Rozanne' is one of my very best plants, so 'Fama' has some serious competition.

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  7. Yes to Fama and Senecio pairing up. Didn't realize your garden had such a slope. Those back terraces are really steep.

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    1. Yes, quite steep. The terracing made the area garden-able.

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  8. Nice shots, especially the one with the red grass in the background. For some reason other than hardiness, scabiosa will not grow for me.

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    1. Weird how some plants just won't. Dirt-common easy Penstemons will not grow for me. Sometimes its the grower, I think, not the gardener.

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