It's now late fall here, sharing a couple hard freezes and a few more lighter frosts with most of the state. But Albuquerque is better off than places N, W or E...so no complaints. Even the habitual mesic plants get a brief pass for their color.
|Winter Jasmine / Jasminum nudiflorum even changes color, though the green stems remain until the February blooms.|
|And my lopsided Zoyate or Beaked Yucca / Y. rostrata. Stunning every morning as I walk outside to sip a coffee or nosh on some goodies. And that view...never tired of it in 14+ years.|
|Of course Desert or Engelmann Prickly Pear / Opuntia engelmannii really has such|
divine architecture, it's even better used well - see my last post. Its evergreen pads
seem to dance about, with a blueish hue to deal with our hyper-sun.
And loads of cochineal on these plants.
|Back to reality - Firecracker Penstemon / P. eatonii priming itself to flower like crazy next|
late March or April. People who love trees with drinking problems kill these all the time.
Mine are 5+ years old and reseed; I posted on them - here. (at end of post, click image to enlarge)
|Honey mesquites can turn golden, though these are mostly frozen leaves about to fall |
off. But still nice against our sky!
|Another look at the Beargrass I see mid-day, most days, into the blinding sun.|
|Happy, potted Boxwood plants that Southern Living gave me to try out; I like their lush, deep green. Amazing when people in places like El Paso or Abq, with our laser beam sun, learn to place these in 50-100% shade...they like it here, then!|
|Another view of 2 photos up, from my front door. It's not tough living in this house, to sip coffee and see this so many mornings, even though these lots are too close for many. I'm very blessed to see my soft and sharp foliage plantings mature.|
|Pam's always in the way of my pictures! (since I'm hopelessly trying to glean how she does it) |
Thanks Pam, for helping turn people onto foliage and form. You can visit her post and others - here!
What foliage is at it's architectural-best in your garden right now?