This recent heat wave has been especially nerve-wracking for me as I dragged hoses around to my many newly-added plant treasures, fretting that I wasn't keeping them wet enough. I have a vine maple in a particularly dry spot that is mostly red and a bit crispy thanks to the heat, and most of the leaves on my new Magnolia globosa are burned to varying degrees. The newest leaf is fine though, having adjusted to its new environment as it was still emerging, so I'm not worried about its survival long-term.
|I featured my clivia in this months GBBD post, but I wanted to point out how brilliantly it combines with Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'. It wouldn't be nearly as fiery without the burgundy and silver leaves of the begonia working in contrast.|
|The small, narrow leaves of Billardiera longiflora augment the beautiful peeling bark of Acer griseum.|
|I'm really excited to watch the purple berries develop their color to contrast with the copper bark of the maple. Can't wait see both mature and in their full glory! (Of course it will be a while for the slow-growing Acer griseum.)|
|The foliage matures to varying patterns of grey-green, cream, chartreuse, and dark green.|
|The new foliage has green centers with silvery streaks, surrounded by purple with green veins.|
|The wrinkled center will expand to a more normal, ribbed surface, but at this stage adds an interesting texture.|
|And finally, the lovely foliage of calla lilies (Zantedeschia sp.) I love the spotted, tropical foliage, which is the main feature on mine as they are rather late and shy-blooming in their current location.|