vignette & more foliage

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While out shooting foliage, this photo rose to the top to be featured as this week’s Wednesday Vignette, hosted by Anna (Flutter and Hum).

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For this month’s Foliage Follow-up, hosted by Pam (Digging), I was attracted to newly emerging leaves and needles. Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’, or Bird’s Nest Spruce, is a uniformly colored background plant most of the year, but in early spring the new growth is a fresh spring green that raises its value considerably.

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This little procumbent deodor cedar is interesting by virtue of its form, but even more so right now, with the new needles coming in.

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Right after Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ finishes blooming (with flowers that look to me like dirty handkerchieves) the real show begins, earning it its name.

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Here we have the Cotinus blushing bright red before putting on its ‘Purple Robe’ and cozying up to ‘Thunderhead’ pine sporting the “candles” that will become new foliage (at least the ones that escape being snapped off to control the growth pattern).

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Ending, where we began, with Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula Purpurea’. It’s at its very best when the leaves are brand new and coppery and pleated like this.

16 thoughts on “vignette & more foliage

  1. That beech is stunning!!! For as much as I love new candles on conifers and Cotinus in general, that one takes the cake. I agree with you on the flowers on the Pieris. The new leaves, though, are to die for!

    • Were they growing vertically? Mine does, but the label shows something low and mounding. I don’t think I ever looked at the label until yesterday, when I wanted to get the name right.

  2. The new leaves of Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula Purpurea’ look like little pleated fans as they unfurl. The new grown of sometimes dull-leaved evergreens can give an amazing shot of colour.

  3. I should have thought to include the newly emerging needles on my Japanese plum yews, Ricki, as your post reminds me. Love that bright green! Your pics are full of foliage delight. Thanks for sharing.

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