Sunday, March 16, 2014

Foliage Follow-Up: A Tale of Two Gardens

It was the best of times,
chard and cilantro

it was the worst of times.
freeze-damaged boxwood

Some of the prettiest foliage in my garden is in the vegetable garden, where the cold-loving green leafies and herbs are having a field day. And some of the worst looking foliage is on the perennial shrubs that were leafing out with tender new growth before our last fierce cold snap. The salvias and boxwood were hit particularly hard.

Thanks to Pam Penick at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, to give foliage plants their well-deserved due.

Words and photos © 2009-2014 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

14 comments:

  1. I'm so jealous of those wonderful greens. So healthy. And yes, our gardens did suffer terribly in that cold weather. All in a gardener's day.

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    1. Chard is so easy to grow; cilantro is more challenging (mine is already starting to bolt). I'm ready for some warm gardener's days...

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  2. The Chard and cilantro look so pretty and yummy! I'm planting my tomatoes later than usual thanks to the cold weather.

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    1. Thanks! I'm late on tomatoes, too, they've been languishing in their 4" pots for two weeks. I've never taken so much care to harden off my tomato transplants before!

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  3. That is the most frustrating part---the plants that were leafing out, that had made it through that horrible deep freeze. So disappointed and not sure what will now bounce back for a second time.

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    1. I feel your pain. I cut off four dozen iris stalks with unopened buds! Heartbreaking. I'm holding on to the fact that these plants will survive to bloom again, and looking forward to the late bloomers.

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  4. Your vegetable foliage is as ornamental as one could wish for. Does that make it difficult to harvest? :-)

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    1. Not at all! I can always grow more. It's so good sautéed with olive oil, garlic and black pepper. I have thought of planting some in the front garden.

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  5. I love the look of chard. Pretty, and delicious, foliage.
    I do hope the new growth comes back. SO tired of this winter.

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    1. I think we'll see new growth on the woodier plants and roses but I think the annual bloomers may be done for. Time will tell.

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  6. Your vegetable greens would make a lovely bouquet. I few plants really got zapped in my garden as well. Some, like my red buds, are already making a come back, but others like my pomegranate are still looking pretty dead. I guess it takes time to pull together the energy needed to re-start they spring show.

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    1. My pomegranate is still looking dead, too. It's kind of weird what got hit hard and what seemed to sail through.

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  7. Glad it's milder here on the warmth-cold stuff. But you'll be fine...the cool season vegetables are stunning!

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    1. Yes, you're lucky to not have as big a swing in temperatures as we do here. Keeps me on my toes!

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