The Clash of Two Mighty Memes

What is a hapless blogger to do when two very inviting memes occur on the same day?

Today is Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides, but it is also In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Carol at Rambling in the Garden.

Last week was exactly the same. It was Monday for the vase but also Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I just did two posts then and will do so today. I hope that isn’t cheating.

The foliage in my garden is feeling the heat, as we all are. The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Ever Red’) which is the focal point of my back garden is beginning to show the advance of summer as its lovely red color is fading to green. It is still a beautiful tree, but I will have to wait to fall before it turns red again.

So far the hostas are holding up well, albeit with dedicated hand watering on my part. They are adding a continual touch of foliage color.

A barberry and weigela, both in full sun, are also seeing their spring color fading to green.

I have three Berckman arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis Berckmanii) in various spots in the garden, and their lime green foliage is holding its own in full sun and heat.


Thuja occidentalis Berckmanii

Contrast in form, shade and size is provided by aucuba, Japanese cleyera, English boxwood, and Siberian iris.

The Carolina jessamin (Gelsemium sempervirens) did not bloom well this spring, and I thought about cutting it back drastically and let it start over on the arbor. Looking at it now, however, one can see that it is lush with new growth. Perhaps we will see a few of its yellow blossoms this fall to tease us for next spring.


I decided that I would NOT show the foliage eaten down by the critters or the wilty places.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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10 Responses to The Clash of Two Mighty Memes

  1. Christina says:

    I feel honoured that you wrote two posts today, John, thank you. You have masses of beautiful foliage, the Hostas are an inspiration to those who suffer the invasion of slugs and snails, yours are perfect.


  2. Pauline says:

    Your hostas are stunning! They are super foliage plants, especially for shady areas where lots of plants won’t flower. Your Acer is certainly making a statement, leaves either red or green it is beautiful!


  3. pbmgarden says:

    I didn’t know the phenomenon of colored foliage drifting to green in the heat. Very interesting. Everything look lovely. Hope you get some relief from this heat soon.


  4. OLney says:

    John, enjoying this site. Jack just passed email to me. See you at 4 o’clock for a lovely event.


  5. bittster says:

    Looks good! I hope by now you have had a little rain and some relief from the dry hot weather. The jasmine seems to enjoy it regardless!


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