Foliage Day, November 2015

In my garden, the deciduous leaves haven’t yet engaged their autumnal transformation, but fall foliage is making its mark in the garden.  Thanking  Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides and her Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day focus on foliage, I’ll share a few leafy greens and leafy other colors happening in my little plot of the Earth.

Suggestive of the warmth of summer in a tropical garden–which mine is not–these unknown Crinum lily leaves are full and lush this November.

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These came from my parents’ garden, but I have no idea from where my mother (The Flower Grower) originally obtained them.  My Crinum lilies rarely bloom, though gorgeous when they do appear.  I’m content to enjoy and appreciate the clusters of strappy leaves which accent various parts of my garden.

Knock Out RoseRosa  ‘Radrazz’ has flushed out with new growth–tender and burgundy with a blush of green–and is beginning to set a few blooms.

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All of my roses are rushing to flush new floral and foliage growth, but this usually occurs in September and October.  That didn’t happen this year because of the toasty temperatures and dry conditions which lingered into our fall months.  After the heavy rains of late October and cooling temps, the rose bushes are making up for lost time, no doubt flowering up before the regularly cold temperatures set in.

The Martha Gonzales Rose also sports a similar burgundy and green foliage dressing. It’s photobombed here by the long-blooming and fine-foliaged Firecracker Fern, Russelia equisetiformis.

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A closer look,

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…or two.

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The Firecracker Fern is a non-stop bloomer throughout our long growing season.   But even if it wasn’t adorned with  those coral, tubular beauties, the bright green, wiry foliage would be a welcomed addition to my garden.

Behind the Firecracker Fern, stands the stalwart Softleaf YuccaYucca recurvifolia.

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I like the juxtaposition of the neon-tropical green of the Firecracker Fern and the sedate grey-green of the Softleaf Yucca.

A wider view of this small section of my garden profiles a nice combination of colorful and varying textured autumn foliage.  Assuming that there is a hard freeze at some point,  Mexican Feathergrass, Martha Gonzales Rose and Softleaf Yucca (not visible in this shot) will be the evergreen structural specimens left to decorate this particular spot during our relatively short winter.

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Check out Creating my own garden of the Hesperides to enjoy a lovely tour of gardeners’ foliage choices from many places.

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10 thoughts on “Foliage Day, November 2015

  1. Good for you showing us some lovely rose foliage which can so often go un-admired, mine usually only looks really nice in early spring! I like the strappy leaves of the lilies too, I hope they will flower for you but if not they certainly earn their place for their foliage. Thanks for joining in GBFD this month Tina.

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    • Spring and fall–that’s when our roses are at their best. I get a smattering of blooms from some of my really tough roses in the summer, but not a great show. I do wish the crinums would bloom–they’re summer bloomers when it happens, but I don’t have too many expectations of that. I was glad to join in this month, Christina!

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    • The Firecracker Fern is a great plant–I’ve really grown to admire it. It’s very water-wise and low maintenance and yet, blooms and has that lovely foliage. If we have a mild winter (no hard freezes) my roses will bloom all winter. That’s an if, though.

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  2. Nice shots. I really like the burgundy colours of the new rose leaves. It seems like here in Texas we have this three hour window to prune roses and if a person misses it then they are out of luck. Happily for my rose for the first time in its life I got it right this year.

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    • I think it’s closer to a five hour window, but maybe that’s just for those of us who live in the middle of Austin. 🙂 Glad you’ve had a good year for roses.

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