I love flowers. But, my favorite thing in the garden, is the foliage.
Flowers are like sprinkles, on top of a cupcake. They're pretty...they add interest. But, the real substance, is the cupcake.....the foliage.
Foliage comes in every color of the rainbow.
Persian Shield and coleus
You get color, without flowers.
Spider or Airplane plant, Chlorophytum comosum
It works in shade.
Two shades of sweet potato vine.
Or, bright sunshine.
I particularly like variegated foliage.
Oyster plant, Tradescantia spathacea
Black Pearl pepper
Mexican Feather grass, Nasella tenuissima
Grasses for sun...
...and, for shade.
Textures range from pointy....
Powis Castle artemisia
...to soft and feathery.
Our 'back-from-the-dead' Sago Palm
Lamb's Ear, Stachys byzantina
..to soft and fuzzy.
Pencil cactus, Euphorbia tirucalli
This is the 'small piece' of a Pencil Cactus that our neighbor Elli gave us last winter. Hers was too big to get back in the house. It's a bit hard to make look good, in a photo.
I think it likes its new spot. See the new growth....interesting.
In fact, succulents have some of the most interesting foliage. The flowers on this one, are not much to celebrate.
But, look at that foliage.
Even 'wild' foliage adds interest. This Virginia Creeper is lush and green. I wired this sunflower feeder to the fence, amidst the green vine. The squirrels have chewed the wood and the wire. So, now it's not a feeder....it's an ornament.....more yard art.
In Texas, when the heat sets in, the blooms back off. That's when we really depend on great foliage to make our gardens look alive.
If you want to see more green, and other colors of foliage, go over and visit Pam at Digging, for
Foliage Follow-up Day.
What are your favorite foliage plants?
Then there's this:
Well....this is what I found. I've never seen this before. Whoa!...I freaked out a little. Not before getting a picture. I have a blog, after all.
Then, with gloved hand, I peeled him off the stem and stepped on him. I didn't kill all the little white things, though.
Then, I came in and checked my Texas Bug Book. Turns out the little white things are Braconid Wasp pupae cocoons. These little wasps lay their eggs in caterpillars, and the pupae feed on the caterpillar bodies.
So, the white things are good guys....sort of. I suppose they eat ALL caterpillars.
Isn't it great, how we learn new things in the garden, every day?