Love October Foliage Day
Foliage in October might be evergreen and never changing, or it might be of the type that turns, disappears then returns. Or not, like the coleus and Iresine in the square containers by the lower deck.
Euphorbia cyparissias ‘Fen’s Ruby’ has settled in and spread a little in just over a year. It is not aggressive as in places with higher rainfall, and it has shown no signs of turning ruby, either. In winter it hides under the fallen leaves, but springs back to life in spring. Get it. HA
Succulents continue to be tested for hardiness in hanging wire containers under the arbor. Hens and chicks of various sorts and Sedum ‘Ogon’ made it through the summer with no extra watering. How they perform during the winter will determine their report card grade. The little fern was dug from the path and stuck in there for some foliage variation. Chicken wire was called in after devil squirrels did some destructive digging in there. How dare they!
In the brand new trough, click here to read the how to post, bronze Carex ssp. that were borrowed from the grass waterfall, some Helictotrichon sempervirens ‘Sapphire’ that was borrowed from another planter, Orostachys iwarenge and more hens and chicks will keep this same appearance all the year through. There should be some growing and filling in, it is hoped.
A wild dog violet growing in the gravel pathway under the garage deck is always variegated. It is probably a virus of some kind causing the leaf coloration, but it is sort of pretty so I leave it since hardly anything grows there anyway.
The idea to follow up Bloom Day with a showcase of foliage was hatched by my friend Pam of Digging. Such a good idea it was, too.