morning after=foliage

Stachyrus praecox

Stachyrus praecox blushing prettily…ahead of the game in the march toward fall color.


with the Katsura tree not far behind.

Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila

The Eucalyptus tree sheds leaves on a regular basis, but not before they turn this lovely pinkish color. I gather them up and spread them on paths.

Eupatorium maculatum ‘Atropurpureum’

Even better than the blossoms (except to the bees) of the Joe Pye Weed are these sturdy pink stems holding vigorous whorls of leaves.

Rosa glauca hips

The plummy hips of Rosa glauca have yielded a few new starts, so I will now be able to plant some that I can cut back hard to enjoy that fabulous blue/blush foliage. All things come to she who waits, right?

Berberis jamesiana

And speaking of waiting, the Berberis jamesiana, which I planted in 2007, is finally beginning to produce the waxy, pale yellow berries (drupes?) that got my attention at Dancing Oaks Nursery.

Now that you have had a peek at my foliage favorites, you might as well visit Pam to see what she and her other followers have in store for you.

8 Responses to “morning after=foliage”

  1. Pam/Digging Says:

    Joe Pye weed has a lot going for it, doesn’t it? Those pink stems and bright green leaves are quite pretty. Your other late summer highlights are nice too. Thanks for joining in, Ricki!

  2. ricki Says:

    Pam~and thank YOU for creating this forum.

  3. Debbie Says:

    Don’t you just love the stems of Joe Pye Weed? I have ‘Gateway’ and the burgundy stems are so ornamental. And this year, they seem to have lots of new grow coming out so the lime green leaves against those stems is amazing.

  4. ricki Says:

    Debbie~The plants are so tall that what is at eye level is the stems…don’t know why it wasn’t until this year that I really zeroed in on them.

  5. Grace Says:

    Those greenish drupes on the Berberis are quite interesting. I wonder if they stay this color or age to another color and if they’ll make for nice indoor [albeit thorny] decorations. Yes, there is no denying fall’s encroachment on our gardens. Lovely!

  6. ricki Says:

    Grace~Aha! so “drupes” it is. I figured you would know. As they age, the get waxier and paler yellow…and using them in arrangements is brilliant!

  7. Kiwi Says:

    Hi Ricki!
    Congratulations on your new book! I LOVE the title. I will buy a copy as soon as I can.

    Your blog is beautiful.

    My new CD is called, “For the Fauna”, and it’s available on iTunes,,, and at Music Millennium, and Everyday Music on Sandy.

  8. ricki Says:

    Kiwi~Next time I’m in town, I will head for Millenium (gotta support these locals). How exciting! I’ll pick up one for Hillary too. Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment.

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