Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Foliage Follow-Up: May 2011

These photos were taken near the end of what professional photographers refer to as "The Magic Hour" -- the hour before sunset, when the sun is low in the sky and its light magically illuminates everything in golden hues as it changes from second to second. (There's a second "Magic Hour" each morning after sunrise.)

'Bright Edge' yucca (Yucca filamentosa 'Bright Edge') catches the setting sun on its tips.
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The fronds of purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') bathe in the light. This grass isn't even in the ground yet; it's sitting in a pot on my back porch. I replace it after every freeze.
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Even Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) tried to catch some golden rays on its leaves. This specimen is in mostly shade near the bird bath. I have another specimen in full sun on a chain link fence. Neither has ever bloomed.
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Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up. Visit Pam's blog to see more photos of foliage playing in sunlight, shade and everything in between.

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

2 comments:

  1. Nice yucca. Like you, I replant purple fountain grass every year. In fact, I grow a lot of annuals for foliage. Hmm, could be an interesting focus for next month's Foliage Follow-Up.

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  2. Gorgeous pictures! And your native Carolina jessamine will bloom like mad for you in a couple of years. It's getting its roots in. Then stand back! There's a glorious one covering a water tower at the Wildflower Center near the stone tower you can walk up.

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