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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Foliage Follow Up

I'm joining Pam over at http://www.penick.net/digging/ for Foliage Follow Up which follows GBBD over at http://maydreamsgardens.blogspot.com .

I have questions about a few of these....This Golden Euonymus is one slow grower...it also gets those nasty tiny gnat/aphid lookings things on it in summer.
Any growing/pruning tips?
Here's the type of Aloe that I grow in the garden. I have several and they are off shooting pups, see them on the right? Do you know it's first name? I thought it was Soap, after seeing different Aloes on other blogs, I'm not so sure now. Or, is an Aloe, an Aloe, an Aloe?
Bloody Dock--completely retreated in late Summer, now it is back. Is that normal? I would love for it to grow big like the tag says it will. How would you suggest I care for it? Wonder if it needs a new home?
I had two Fennels, this one and Bronze, they both completely retreated mid Summer. The Bronze did not return. The green one is doing wonderfully.
Has new growth. I'll take suggestions and comments on growing this too.
I rescued two Japanese Yew late Summer and could not decide where to plant them. So, I have this one temporarily in a container with some Dusty Miller.
Just so over the top pleased with the Abutilon 'Fairy Coral Red' It was new to me last Spring. It has gone above and beyond the job I intended it to do in the garden. We have had record breaking low's and longer stretches of cold this winter and just look at the green maple shaped leaves. What do you know of this plant?

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Today I am Thankful for the days getting a little longer and the temps a little warmer.

18 comments:

Dorothy said...

Darla, Your flowers are looking good, but I'm no help with them. I never hear of that last one. I know you are getting anxious for spring!

Kylee said...

I've grown abutilons for some time. I know they respond well to hard pruning. The one I have right now is growing as a standard and is blooming.

How lucky you are to grow aloes in the ground! Only containers here. I've got one that looks like yours, plus a few others. I love how they freely spawn pups!

Julie said...

I just love Dusty Miller...planning to post mine for Cactus/Succulent Monday tomorrow...it looks like it has snowed in south Florida, when I look at it (mind tricks)!!! Hehehe.

Your one plant is an aloe of some sort...just not exactly sure of variety...sorry.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful foliage, Darla... I love the Golden Euonymus.

The Aloe looks just like the one I keep in a pot in my house. I've had it for years. We break off a piece and put it on a burn or something. Didn't know that it had another name...

Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed Sunday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Deb said...

I love the fennel...my Mom has always had Aloe....

imac said...

All look good with your growing hands Darla.

L. D. Burgus said...

I had the top plant for a few years and it was so disappointing. I moved it into more sun and it is working out well now.

Pam/Digging said...

I don't know the Fairy Coral Red abutilon, but I have two other varieties, and they are surprisingly tough in winter and even in our hot, dry summers if given afternoon shade. I love them.

Thanks for joining in for Foliage Follow-Up. My post is up now if you want to stop by and leave a link.

Dar said...

Wonderful to have so much green already in your gardens...the aloe (Agave) is the same one I have kept for years inside, outside in summer, potted on the deck. It throws a very tall stalk of tiny yellow flowers from the bottom/up, my bloom was over 3 1/2 ft. tall...bloomed twice, then the parent died but many pups.
The green fennel is the garden variety I grow each year. It has a licorice flavor, the bulb, and is great in salads. Also can use the fronds layed on fish for a fabulous flavor.
The maple-leaved one looks like a Flowering Maple. They come in a variety of colors as houseplants up north. Lucky you are to have it survive in the ground. It should grow to be a large one. Let us know what color you get. The most common is the red and coral...but the yellow one is amazing.
You sure have a green thumb, girly.
BlessYourHeart

Floridagirl said...

Isn't it great to have some green still left in our gardens? Your aloe certainly looks like soap aloe to me, a very common old Florida passalong. We've been passin' it around the family for decades now.

Patsy said...

It is good to see so much coming up out of the ground.

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

Okay. Here's my two cents on the Golden Euonymous: Those gnat/aphid looking things are called SCALE. It is an insect. Euonymous is a scale MAGNET. (Google euonymous scale). It's a terrible plant, in my opinion. My advice is to rip it out, throw it away, and don't look back. It's way too much maintenance to keep it scale free. The scale will come back every year. You will need to spray it with horticultural oil (organic approach). I'd have to research the chemical approach, but it's not worth it to me to be spraying chemicals to keep a plant that is that bug ridden. Like I say, just my opinion. (Ask me how I really feel).

George said...

It's so wonderful to see green this time of year.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Well sounds like Toni knows her stuff on the euonymous! ;) I can offer no advice there -- but I have had a couple of japanese yews in containers for the last couple of years on my patio and I love them there. They are growing nicely and add a nice evergreen touch to the patio area which has a lot of hard surface. They don't have to be protected in the winter and seem generally pest free...

RBell said...

Certainly looks like a Soap Aloe (or a close relative). Mine tends to throw up some impressive bloom stalks. And I like the leaves of the Bloody Dock.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Well...I can't help you with any of those....but they sure are purty! LOL

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