Honestly, the foliage follow up, brainchild of Pam of Digging to follow Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is so easy, it is like shooting fish in a bucket. Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’ is as delicious as it is photogenic, a two-fer.
The Fairegarden is planted with foliage in mind. Food with attractive foliage that lasts through the cold months is such a good thing, it should be considered cheating. A chance seedling of Redbor Kale arose from the compost that was spread to make for better tomato growing in this patch that shares space with Lavender. The tomatoes were a bust except for the little patio types, but the purple kale managed to be hidden from the pesky cabbage moth caterpillars under the tomato foliage and remains intact rather than a lacy doily.
Flowers are nice, but oh, so fleeting. Leaves last longer. The red mustard is something never tried before. In some containers the leaves stayed small but still colorful. In the raised box planter, the leaves went into hyperdrive…
It seems that some deciduous perennials are hesitant to give up for the year. The Thalictrum, Epimedium and Selaginella will all fade away to nothingness with some cut to the ground before new foliage returns in spring, but my, what a show they are putting on at the end of the calendar year.
Magnificent foliage is what makes a garden enchanting, even in December. The promise of towers of bells from the evergreen leaves of foxglove, Digitalis purpurea brings visions of fairy dust dreams until spring returns again.