The shiny droplets on the Yucca recurvifolia look almost frosty in the chilly mist. A predicted freeze last week never arrived. We have another freeze warning for Tuesday morning and it might happen this time so the tender plants are protected.
Agave ovatifolia poses for a portrait. It's grown so much I might need another strand of lights this December.
It's a standout on gray days and a color echo for the roof.
Even without the freeze the Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis) has been struggling in the chilly weather. Some changes may be coming to this bed in the spring.
Yucca 'Color Guard'
Agave 'Blue Glow'
Lindheimer's Senna foliage
Violet reflections on Tradescantia pallida or Purple Heart
Buffalo grass defies gravity by holding up huge numbers of droplets aligned along the leaves.
Variegated St. Augustine grass also holding up in the mist.
The weather has been awesome for Texas Bluebonnet seeds which are popping up by the hundreds.
Now if we can get the right weather through the winter it should be a good show in the spring.
That's the foliage report for November to see more check out the comments section of Digging.
It seems early for a freeze this year, at least to me. We had a mild one the other day and it wasn't a major killing one but I did see the brugs and daturas were nipped a little. Feels like I didn't get to enjoy the garden much this year.ReplyDelete
It is early for a freeze and your comment about not having much time made me smile considering you had a baby and went back to work full time!Delete
Such beautiful photos, Shirley, with those drops of rain! I'm sorry that the Bismarck Palm is not doing well--that's a nice combination of plants. Maybe another palm which would give the same look? Anyway, all these choices are lovely for your garden in November.ReplyDelete
A more hardy palm is under consideration or a tall yucca. The Bismarck Palm will probably stay but in a supporting role.Delete
It's amazing to me that our two cities are fairly close in avg rainfall totals (your 30" and our 36") and yet it comes in such different ways.ReplyDelete
It is interesting and our typical winter lows are similar but you get them far more often.Delete
You have so many beautiful plants but that Agave ovatifolia - absolutely stunning!ReplyDelete
It has exceeded my already high expectations.Delete
Even though I live in the Pacific Northwest, where rain, mist, and dew are omnipresent at this time of year, I would never ridicule you for trying to capture the beauty it brings to photos of plants. I love it. Great shots, Shirley!ReplyDelete
Thank you Alison!Delete
Water droplets on plants add a whole new dimension, as your photos demonstrate beautifully, Shirley. I was surprised to find that you get that much rain - I'm no longer clear what our "normal" level is but last year's total was less than 4 inches. I realize that capturing that rain for future use must be difficult, however, when it comes down in just a few deluges.ReplyDelete
We do put out some rain barrels and the wheelbarrows but they fill up quickly then we use it all and wait for another rain. Whatever we do helps so we try.Delete
You have been short on rain for a while, I hope this winter breaks that pattern.
I don't think it's odd you get photos of mist or water droplets on your plants, as it's much rarer out here than in SA! I'll have to search past posts to see how the Bismarckia did in your summer. The Agave ovatifolia color echo with your roof is incredible.ReplyDelete
I've been enjoying these damp, misty days too, Shirley. It's like living in Portland, except we'll soon be back to 60 or 70F and sunny -- ha! What a bummer that the Bismarck is not doing well. But it looks like your Whale's Tongue has shrugged off the little bit of sunburn we saw on our visit. It's simply gorgeous, and I look forward to seeing it all decked out again this Xmas.ReplyDelete
I've always been a sucker for misted plants. Those water cooled colors never fail to please my eye.ReplyDelete
We may be the rain capitol, but I never tire of photos of plants all spangled with droplets.ReplyDelete
Your garden's foliage looks so exotic for me, Shirley! Agave .... my dream!ReplyDelete