Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: January 22, 2016

It is Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day! (And also Garden Bloggers’ Snow and Ice Day 😦

Today is the 22nd of January and time to join with Christina at My Hesperides Garden to share a few views of the foliage in our garden. We were expecting quite a snow today, so I took advantage of a delightfully sunny afternoon yesterday to grab a few photos for this report.


Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’ has held up well and even with our recent freezing weather is showing the lovely soft pink of new growth.

The gold ligustrum, ajuga, sedum, fern and carex are all holding up well. (Drift over the photos to see their identification.)


Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’

Ipheion foliage has been up and vigorous for weeks. I expect to begin to see its blooms in days if not weeks.

IMG_0043The “Winter Gem’ Korean boxwood is showing what damage can be done to foliage when it hasn’t had time to harden off before a good frost. The late fall/early winter warm weather is the culprit in getting the boxwood to put out all that new growth. It may be a bit unsightly now, but I will trim it over the winter and no one will ever know.

Please visit Christina at My Hesperides Garden to see what she and others are sharing from their gardens.

As for the expected white weather, this is what I woke up to this morning; I’m glad I took the photos yesterday. And some kind of white stuff is falling as I write; this may be just the beginning of a few more inches of snow…or sleet…or ice. My thoughts and prayers go out for those further north who are surely in for a big one.


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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17 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: January 22, 2016

  1. Christina says:

    Wow John, that’s some change in the weather, good job the forecasters were able to prepare you. I love Euphoribias and they mostly do really well in my garden but surprisingly it is very hard to find many different varieties. Your Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow is lovely so much interest, lovely changing foliage, evergreen and the added touch of pink with the new growth. I must try to learn how you put the names of the plants on the images, very useful. Thanks for joining GBFD this month and I hope you and the ‘arranger’ keep warm.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Christina. I was fortunate to think about photographs a day early. You can add captions to your photos when you enter them. The floating captions can be entered when you are creating/editing a gallery. Play around with it until you feel comfortable.

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  2. I’ve had bad luck with ‘Ascot Rainbow’ reverting to the species and plan to remove it from the garden this spring. We have a bit of sleet and ice but might see a little snow at the end of the day when temperatures drop. I flew home yesterday afternoon from a meeting in DC to escape the big one. Glad to be in Greenville so I can keep an eye on things here with Tim.


  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see some colour and warmth! The garden in the snow is so pretty – and I particularly liked the path with the ipheion. Hope the snow and the upcoming storm don’t treat you too badly!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Cathy. We’re keeping our fingers crossed. I will be sure to ahare a photo of the ipheion when it blooms.


      • Cathy says:

        Look forward to it John! I wasn’t joking about my surprise. I’ll be honest – I really don’t like Ipheion (as a gardener at Kew Gardens, I always classified it as a ‘toilet’ plant … read ‘only fit for’ .. and we had loads of public toilets to plant around). But you have used it to lovely effect there and, really, I might be a convert! Well done you!


  4. pbmgarden says:

    I too like that ipheion path. Does the foliage die back or stay through summer? Hope the storm proves not to be as bad as predicted.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    The ipheion foliage dies back rather quickly (compared to daffodils, for example). I don’t know of another bulb that multiplies as much and as quickly as ipheion. It can be divided frequently. Stay safe.


  6. That golden Ligustrum really lives up to its name!

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  7. johnvic8 says:

    It’s a new plant this year…from Southern Living. I am trying several of them.


  8. Barbara Speir says:

    What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was looking at a jonquil in bloom in my yard and today I am knocking snow off my loquat, fatsia and boxwoods. I hope you didn’t sustain any permanent damage! Everything looked so pretty on Thursday!


  9. Cathy says:

    It looks quite pretty with a dusting of snow! I really love the Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia. I haven’t seen one here, so will have to keep my eyes open. Euphorbias seem to do well here, even when given conditions that supposedly don’t suit, as long as it is hardy. The fresh pink growth is so lovely.


  10. bittster says:

    Amazing how spring-ish things look in the first set of photos. Just one storm and everyone s talking about winter here. Funny how quickly they forgot short sleeves on Christmas day!


  11. johnvic8 says:

    You are right. I have forgot.


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