FFU • the July version

Autumn fern and Persidaria ‘Lance Corporal’

Surrounded by a sea of Persicaria ‘Lance Corporal’, Dryopteris erythrosora, or Autumn Fern, is looking the best it’s ever looked.

Miscnthus ‘Frosty Morn’

The things I came away from the ANLD tour wanting were all foliage plants. Here’s one: Miscanthus ‘Frosty Morn’.

Selaginella kraussiana

And another: Selanginella kraussiana, or Pincushion Spikemoss.

Kalanchloe bahariensis

The Kalanchloe bahariensis that I’ve had for a long time is looking kind of leggy, so I bought a new one to fill in. It is labeled the same, but is wartier than the big one. Any opinions on that?

Berberis jamesiana

These berries are what attracted me to Berberis jamesiana. I happened upon one at Dancing Oaks at just this stage, not knowing that they would eventually turn red. Now I cut some for bouquets when they turn this pearlescent pale yellow with just the faintest blush.

NOID succulent

Shame on Portland Nursery for failing to identify this beyond “succulent”, but bless them for continuing to surprise us with new ones.

Lady Fern?

I gushed over the lady ferns at the Cecil & Molly Smith Garden, and I think that’s what’s volunteering here and there around R&R Ranch (correct me if I’m wrong). This lady is welcome to invite all of her friends.

Macleaya cordata

I adore the shapely leaves of Macleaya cordata, or Plume Poppy. Flowers? What flowers?

prostrate sequoia

The prostrate sequoia is starting to go vertical. What’s up with that?

Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila

R cut away all the suckers coming up from the base of Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila, so now we can see the silken trunk.

Thanks again, Pam, for inviting us to gush over foliage every month.

10 Responses to “FFU • the July version”

  1. Peter Says:

    Gorgeous foliage! I bought a Kalanchloe bahariensis earlier this season because you and Louis love them so much. When great gardeners gush about a plant, there must be something to it, right? I’ve seen smoother and wartier ones – maybe it’s just variable. Also saw a hairless variety which was interesting. Love seeing the silken trunk of your eucalyptus! On the fling tours, I was very attracted to the huge eucalyptus trees – the fragrance, blooms, foliage and especially the trunks, some smooth, some with peeling bark. Sigh!

  2. Scott Weber Says:

    Love that patch of Persicaria…so lush! I’m a huge fan of the Macleaya as well…and this is the first year (after 3 years) that mine actually seems happy!

  3. Mark and Gaz Says:

    Fabulous foliage there, especially the Persicaria and the Selaginella which looks so tactile too!

  4. Pam/Digging Says:

    My two faves are the prostrate sequoia and the ‘Lance Corporal’ persicaria, which I’ve seen on Rhone Street Gardens a few times. It’s f-i-n-e, fine!

  5. Heather Says:

    I love that selaginella. And that eucalyptus bark . . . swoon!

  6. ricki Says:

    Peter~Welcome to the Kalanchloe Club! The bark on the Eucalyptus peels off in long strips to reveal the silkiness underneath.

    Scott~My plume poppies are leaning heavily towards the light…must devise a staking strategy for next spring.

    Mark & Gaz~Yes, the spike moss is quite “touchable”.

    Pam~’Lance Corporal’ gets some intriguing bright red flowers later on…an all-around satisfying plant in the woodland border.

    Heather~Swooning is always looked upon with favor around here.

  7. Janet, The Queen of Seaford Says:

    Nice variety of foliage. Love ‘Lance Corporal’ with the ferns.

  8. ricki Says:

    Janet~Sometimes it takes a while for a combo to come together. This is the first year this one has looked this good.

  9. Grace Peterson Says:

    I used to have Macleaya cordata but I didn’t water it well enough and it died. Do you think I can find this plant for sale anywhere? Heck no. Yours looks wonderful. I love that foliage.

    I’m pretty sure Selanginella kraussiana is not hardy. I had it once…

    I’d better stop my debbie-downer-isms. :)

    Okay, how’s this: This year, my Autumn Fern also looks better than it ever has. Also, ‘Frosty Morn’ is a dandy. I’ve had it for years and it’s still alive.

    Stay cool.

  10. ricki Says:

    Grace~I don’t think I’ve ever seen plume poppy for sale…it just gets passed around. If you want me to dig one for you just say the word.

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