Monday, January 16, 2012

Foliage Follow-Up..January, 2011

We're having a warm, cloudy day, today.
Time to get out and take some photos of foliage,
and join Pam at Digging, for
Foliage Follow-Up. 

This lettuce has given us some color all season.  It's pretty tasty, too.

Another edible that we use for decoration...Kale.

Feverfew....again, just for decorations.
These have never bloomed for me.  But, they held up last summer, in that awful heat.  
And, as you can see...the cold doesn't seem to bother them.
The color is really good, too....really pops on a cloudy day.  
Wonder if deer would leave it alone?..hmmm

On the front porch, this Japanese Holly Fern is looking good.  
It likes a drink more often than some.  But, it's holding up to the cold.
It's protected here, from the cold.  And, the deer haven't touched it.

The deer haven't bothered the Squid Agaves, I got back in the fall.
Maybe I can take the large stones...meant to hold them down, so the deer don't pull them out...
and replace them with pebbles for a mulch.

They don't bother the Dusty Miller.  They have eaten pretty much everything I've planted with it.
Sometimes, you just have to go with the flow.  
This pot looks good with JUST the nice gray foliage of the Dusty Miller.

The Yucca Rostrata, in the redone Island Bed, looks good.

Rosemary is always a good foliage plant in deer country.

And, Prickly Pear....they'll eat it, if they get really hungry.

I keep some agaves covered with 'cages'.  They've taken this cage off a couple times.  
But, they haven't done anything to the agave.  
A couple others, they've tried to pull up, after they removed the cages.

As you see,  they can do a job on one.  Not being mean or anything....but, I hope this hurt!
It's not dead.  Since it's in the Front Bed, I'll replace it with one from somewhere else.  
It should come back.

The Veggie Garden has things going on.  Brussels Sprouts, Chard and Beets.
Ignore the weeds.  I have.  But, it's time to get out there and get them out.
They're blooming...which means seeds...which means more get it.

There is more foliage here.  Not much blooming.
And, there is a lot of work to be done.
Guess I better get to it.

Drop on over to Pam's and see some pretty Foliage Follow-Ups.

Happy Gardening...


  1. Yum, your lettuce looks so good.

    The rocks on the young roots is a trick I use too. It seems to work. When it doesn't I make a tent of sticks.

    I have a similar agave and they pull the pups out all the time but never touch the Ovatifolia so that's good or we'd have deer sausage!

    1. I don't know what kind of agave this is. My daughter-in-law's friend gave her two pups, so she gave one to me. That was a couple years ago. It only started growing last summer, and it's growing fast. Now it has two pups. Need to do some research.
      I know what you mean about deer sausage...I think about that often..haha

  2. I'm loving your lettuce, feverfew and Squid Agave. Growing lettuce in a container is a great idea.

    1. Lettuce makes a nice container plant. I love the bright green....cheers up a winter garden. It's done well, unprotected from our temps in the 20s.

  3. What a crying shame about the agave damaged by deer, those rascals! I love all your edibles for foliage and am tempted to try feverfew after your testament to its ability to withstand our heat. What amount of sun does it get, Linda?

    1. I swear...deer are almost as bad as goats! They'll eat almost anything. That Lophantha is vicious. They usually just pull it up.
      The feverfew in the photo I published, doesn't get much sun, at all. I moved one over to the sunnier side last summer. It did all right. But, still didn't bloom.

  4. OMG! The deer eat your agaves? I'm never going to complain about my wild bunnies again :)

    1. little bunnies...are so cute. Until, they eat your landscape!
      We don't ever see any bunnies around here. That's strange to me. We had them making nests in our fenced yard, when we lived in a more 'city-like' area in DFW.

  5. We do have bunnies over here, but they don't do much landscape damage. Neither do the deer, but perhaps that is because we do eat venison - in sausage and all other ways, also!

  6. I have surmised that the only way to avoid deer is to start a rooftop garden.

    It is good to know that Rosemary is deerproof. I will try that this summer!
    Great photos!


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