Foliage Follow-up: Feb. 16, 2010

February 16th, 2010 Posted in Foliage Follow-up

To follow May Dreams Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, here’s for Pam Penick’s Foliage Follow-up!

There’s a new foliar look in my garden this February. All bets are out on whether my beloved Dianellas (flax lily) plan to return. A little larkspur is egging this one on.

Frozen dianella, flax lily

This is the first time that I’ve seen butterfly iris (Dietes) freeze, but already they’re promoting a speedy recovery.

Frozen butterfly iris, Dietes

When I planted a foxtail fern a few years ago, I was encouraged when others said it handled winter just fine. Until now.

Frozen foxtail fern

But the Angelica pachycarpa is cranking out new leaves every day.

Angelica pachycarpa

My little Agave celsii didn’t make it.

Frozen agave celsii

The big one has some problems.

Agave celsii freeze damage

But it will be okay.

Agave celsii
The daylilies got nipped, but they’re already getting ready for May flowers.

Daylily foliage

I love my ‘Helen Von Stein’ lambs ears. They’ve made it through drought, rain, humidity, semi-shade, and freeze. They’re hard to find, but look for them!  They don’t go mushy so fast on heavy soils and except some shade.

Helen Von Stein lambs ears

Poppies everywhere!

Poppy foliage

The columbines actually liked last summer’s drought. They hate wet, humid ones and wither away in disgust.

Columbine new foliage

This year, I’m especially celebrating new foliage, like the Dicliptera suberecta that had me scared for a bit.

Dicliptera suberecta emerging after freeze

I love the foliage of bulbs coming up around cut back and dormant perennials. Especially, I love it when they bloom, because I can never remember what I planted!

Narcissus bulb and foliage
I recognize the Leucojums without question, and regardless of weather, I can count on their lush foliage starting in January. They’ll disappear when the heat comes, but by then, various perennials take over the job. It’s a garden’s version of “time share.”

Leucojum foliage

And what’s a better promise than this?

New rose leaves

Happy Foliage Follow-up!  Linda

  1. 13 Responses to “Foliage Follow-up: Feb. 16, 2010”

  2. By Linda on Feb 16, 2010

    My butterfly iris all look bad. One is completely brown; 3 others are varying degrees of brown. I don’t plan to touch them for a couple of weeks for sure. When I do, should I cut off the whole thing to the ground, or just carefully trim out the brown leaves? I’m hopeful that they’ll come back. I’m less hopeful about the bulbines. I have the larger yellow ones in various places in the yard, and they all turned to mush. I’ve trimmed off the mushy parts, as I feared that would just compound the problems, but what’s left looks pretty darn dead!


    Linda reply on February 16th, 2010 1:41 pm:

    HI, Linda! I’ll cutting the leaves off the base, not chopping into the base, if you know what I mean. It doesn’t hurt a thing to wait at all; I just had to get to ‘em. But I’m not touching the dianella. Yes, not sure about the bulbines. Good to cut off the mush, as I did yesterday. We’ll just have to see if they’ve got healthy roots underground.


  3. By noel on Feb 16, 2010


    beautiful posts today on all your amazing textures, colors and variegations, i actually love the photo with the feather and the bare branches the best

    looks like your bulbs are about to pop open soon!


    Linda reply on February 16th, 2010 1:42 pm:

    Thank you! Yes, I have to admit, that feather on the dead plant is sort of a favorite of mine. Bulbs are going crazy everywhere! Now I can just remember what they are. . .


  4. By Annie in Austin on Feb 16, 2010

    My butterfly iris look so bad, Linda – and I’m tired of them not doing much in a prime spot in my long border! Any survivors will be replanted somewhere in the public front area of the garden, where I don’t care what they do.

    Sorry you lost the foxtail fern but yay for the Dicliptera!

    Is there a secret to getting Leucojum/Snowflakes to live & bloom? I’ve planted them twice but have none.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose


    Linda reply on February 16th, 2010 1:39 pm:

    Hi, Annie. I understand. Sometimes “weather events” help us do the editing we’d hankered to do. That’s interesting about your leucojums. I wonder if the bulbs were too old when you got them. I’ll see if I can divide some this spring for you.


  5. By Melody on Feb 16, 2010

    Now you have me curious, because I haven’t noticed how my African Irises or Flax Lilies are doing. Isn’t that awful? They are always there, so I guess I have been focusing on other plants.
    I am going to check my Decleptra too. It came back after last winter, so I hope it comes back this time too.
    I am not a fan of Lamb’s Ears, but yours are pretty. Do they spread aggressively? That is why I don’t like them, I had some one time that tried to take over the garden – lol.


    Linda reply on February 16th, 2010 4:31 pm:

    It’s the same for me! I’ve forgotten where some things are because they are so “dormant.” My dianellas are hard to miss because they look so very awful! Not sure about their recovery.

    Well, yes, lamb’s ears can be aggressive. I do love them though, because I like that silver.


  6. By Ann on Feb 16, 2010

    I just planted bicolor iris in my Hill Country garden and was beyond thrilled that the deer didn’t touch them. When they froze, I was beyond heartbroken. But I’m seeing a little green poke through. I’m hoping!


    Linda reply on February 16th, 2010 6:58 pm:

    Hi, Ann! Thanks for the testament to deer proof! I think they’re going to be fine. As one gardener said to me today, it could be a few months before we know for sure about anything. But I’m very hopeful for you!


  7. By Jenny on Feb 16, 2010

    You were brave to show those damaged foliage shots. I have already cut down one of my huge Dietes and the other one will get the chop this weekend. I plan to pull them out and divide them. I may replant as I did enjoy their blooms. Still undecided on that one. Is see you also had a touch of frost last nice- on your lamb’s ears. Dicliptera is showing a few buds- i love the plant so hope it makes a comeback.


  8. By Pam/Digging on Feb 16, 2010

    You had me laughing in sympathy over your poor browned foliage pics, Linda. I didn’t show mine, but I’ve sure got ‘em too. I’m still holding out hope for the foxtail ferns, but if they’re dead I’m going to replace them. They’re too awesome to let one cold winter deter me. Thanks for joining in for Foliage Follow-Up.


  9. By Cindy, MCOK on Feb 19, 2010

    Linda, since I’m 150 miles down the road from you, our Dianella experiences may not be the same. For what it’s worth, though, I went ahead and cut back dead foliage a few inches above the ground. Oddly, a couple of leaves survived the freeze and are mostly healthy. That, more than anything else, gives me hope that they’ll return.


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