I'm starting my Foliage Follow-Up post with the foliage I'm most proud of -- my asparagus foliage! I planted three asparagus crowns this spring, and they're doing really well. The label said the crowns were males, but apparently only female plants make the tiny little flowers you see here. Oh well; both male and female crowns will make asparagus stalks (although the males are allegedly more prolific). [EDIT: The Aggies say both boy and girl crowns make flowers, but only girls make red berries, so what do I know.]
Each one of these tiny stems should turn into a full-sized asparagus stalk this coming spring. The better I can stave off my desire to harvest them, the more stems the crown should produce in following years.
My beautyberry has fully colored up in its deeply shady spot, and is ready for harvesting by the birds. It's not very noticeable in person, but in this photo, a powdery film is quite evident on its leaves. Looks fungusy to me. Must investigate.
The Gulf muhly grass is starting to send out its purply plumes. It will be enveloped in a purple cloud by next GBBD.
This Whale's Tongue agave has grown A LOT MORE than I thought it would in a year's time. After seeing Pam and Jenny's photos of the five-year-old A. ovatifolia at the Utility Research Garden on the Garden Conservancy Open Days Tour, I'm thinking I should have planted it further away from the driveway, Big Noisy Sigh.
Purple fountain grass dies back every other winter, but I will always replant in the spring. When the sun hits it at just the right angle, it's just glorious. (A tiny 'Bright Edge' yucca is to the right.)
Thanks to Pam Penick at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up. Visit her site for more fotos of frolicking fronds!
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