Foliage? In January?
Foliage? After the harsh weather we have had here at the Fairegarden? Why yes, I do believe there is some handsome foliage to be found. We do so want to be a part of Pam at Digging’s world wide sharing of leaves called Follow Up Foliage Day. Would you care to follow me? Watch your step, as always, the climb can be a bit strenuous. (Editor’s note: Unlike the brash bloom day guide, seen here, the little goldfinch plays by the rules of etiquette.)
In the same vein, on a nearby rock step is an as yet unnamed Heuchera seedling nestled in a patch of moss. It has been growing in this same spot for over a year, with no soil. Even in the heat of summer and with no supplemental water, it clings. It should have a name that reflects that, something like Faire ??? what? Any suggestions out there in the blogdom? Or should we even bother?
In another hypertufa planter on the main level, the one with Leaf Man keeping watch over his plantings, is a miniature conifer, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’, purchased at the University of Tennessee gardens last fall. A post about that plant sale is coming soon.
Thank you so much for following up the steep steps that lead to the knot garden. Let us rest on the bench for a moment. Even with wings, it is a strenuous journey. From the vantage point of the bench, we can see in the center quatrefoil that each semi-circle contains a Calluna vulgaris ‘Sunset’. There is nothing vulgaris (common) about these small shrubs.
If you look behind us, you will notice a row of these variegated juniper type shrubs, one of the very first things planted at the feet of the Hemlocks that hide the chain link fence at the very back of the property. We do not know the name, the tags were lost in the milieu of the start up here.
Are you ready to continue? Down we go then, past the shed bed that is planted with the charming grass that sways so readily in the slightest breeze, Nasella tenuissima. This is one of the best twelve month grasses we grow. It never has down time.
We have traveled past the hedge, along the black garden to the far eastern edge of the property, under the arbor. The above photo is chock full of goodies. If I might elaborate, the dead leaves are leftover from the volunteer pumpkin that ended up hanging by fishnet panyhose after frost killed the vine. The cucurbit is safely sitting on the floor of the mudroom, still encased in the stockings, waiting to be tossed into the same area to see if a repeat growth can occur. Its story can be read here-A Pumpkin Tale. The large black metal tubes are part of the wind chime hanging on the arbor, Westminster it says on the label. The rose backlit so nicely is R. ‘Fortune’s Double Yellow’, winding its way through the chime with pumpkin vine leftover bits still attached. The grass inflorescence is from a stray Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ that was tossed into the pile of unwanteds that line this area. Naturally it grew. In the background is the rosemary hedge, with the lovely blue chairs that are seen in many Fairegarden blog post photos rounding out the scenery.
Heading back towards the house we pass by the lower edge of the black garden, home to the miniature daylilies. Hemerocallis ‘Tiny Temptress’ is one that sports evergreen foliage. To the left is bearded Iris ‘Lacy Snowflake’ as identified by the tag. These tags may not be the most lovely of things, but we do like to know the names of things to keep track of which is whom.
Onward towards the garage deck we can see a fine example of the difference between the heaths and the heathers, Erica, heath, with the pointy piney needle like foliage, and Calluna, heather, with the scales. The Calluna is C. ‘Anthony Davis’, the Erica could be E. darleyensis ‘Spring Torch’.
On the moss covered slope of the daylily hill, tiny Sedum acre rosettes are visible in the blanket of moss with a few seedling forget me nots. An example of Mother Nature’s planting scheme at its best.
Around the corner from the forget me nots are some bulbs planted by the gardener, two types of grape hyacinths. Muscari armenium, or possibly M. neglectum? were here by the thousands when we bought the house and continue to mulitply. Muscari macrocarpum ‘Golden Fragrance’ was newly planted last fall. The thought of golden fragrance brings forth dreams of spring. Ahhh.