Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Foliage Follow-Up: March 2011

On the 16th of each month, Pam Penick at Digging invites gardeners to share their garden foliage for Foliage Follow-Up. Here's what struck me in my garden this morning: trees leafing out, annuals reseeding, leafy veggies and herbs, and perennials that have yet to flower.

'Indigo Spires' salvia.
'Indigo Spires' salvia

'Cedar Sage' salvia.
'Cedar Sage' salvia

Larkspur seedling from passalong seeds from Zanthan Gardens.
Larkspur seedlings

Pink gaura seedlings from a passalong plant from Annie at The Transplantable Rose.
Gaura seedlings

Heartleaf skullcap (Scutellaria ovata ssp. bracteata): a passalong plant from Rock Rose.
Heartleaf skullcap

Boxwood shrub.

Columbine (a box-store hybrid).
Columbine foliage

Italian parsley.
Italian parsley

'Bright Lights' chard.
'Bright Lights' chard

Carrot foliage: possibly Danvers 126.
Carrot foliage

'Green Magic' broccoli (Brassica oleracea 'Green Magic').
'Green Magic' broccoli

'Improved Meyer' lemon (Citrus limon 'Meyer Improved').
'Improved Meyer' lemon

Texas red oak (Quercus buckleyi).
Texas red oak pollen

Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa).
Burr oak leaflet

Visit Pam's Foliage Follow-Up page for links to more!

Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. I am loving everyone of these beautiful healthy and happy looking!

  2. What beautiful greens you have! I keep meaning to participate in the follow up but BloomDay usually scares me away from the computer for days! Nice post!

  3. What a beautiful medley of greens and different textures. I love that you included boxwood's narrow, shiny leaves because it's so often maligned here in Austin. Too many mustache plantings along foundations, I suppose, but it certainly has its uses.

  4. Wow, the Bright Lights chard is as colorful as any ornamental.

  5. Wow! There's a lot about to happen in your yard. The chard looks beautiful. Do you eat it? Or did you grow it just for its ornamental qualities?

  6. Darla, the unhealthy looking plants were left out of the roundup, ha. (Oh, my poor Mexican key lime.)

    ConsciousGardener, don't be scared! :) Foliage Follow-Up makes me take a closer look at my entire garden while I'm shooting photos for GBBD, so I see not only the flowers, but the leaves, branches, bracts and buds, too.

    Pam, I agree: boxwood is an incredibly beautiful, drought-tolerant, cold-hardy and (perhaps most importantly) non-invasive shrub. And this year I learned it's a pollen and nectar source for bees and butterflies! Yes, the 1960s builder of our home did plant them in the typical "mustache" placement. Perhaps I should shape them into handlebars, ha!

    Donna, 'Bright Lights' chard is gorgeous. I only have yellow and red but there's pink, purple and orange, too. Perhaps I should work some chard into my front yard plantings!

    Abbey, we absolutely eat our Bright Lights chard. Not only is it absolutely delicious sauteed in olive oil with onions and garlic, but it's chock full of nutrients.

  7. What beautiful photographs and such a delightful promise of spring! And what an impressive variety, too!

  8. Love seeing your garden! That gaura is my favorite - so colorful!

  9. It's SO nice to see all of the wonderful, healthy foliage you have there... especially things like 'Indigo Spires' that will avoid showing up in our garden centers until May!

  10. When I look at your veggies I know i did something wrong this year. I had great stuff until that freeze came along and wiped out my peas. The rock squirrel ate all my chard and I forgot to plant my lettuce. The good thing is I have plenty of room for tomatoes.

  11. That freeze wiped out my peas, too! I replanted, but I'm certain it'll get too hot too fast for them to produce much.

  12. Nice leaves, Caroline! The broccoli foliage is gorgeous and I like my boxwood hedge, too. Maybe it's so easy to grow down here that people don't respect it?
    In Illinois people tenderly wrapped their specimen boxwood shrubs against winterburn the way we wrap citrus.
    And yay for gaura seedlings - they must like being at your house ;-]

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose