Foliage Followup – April 2011

It’s still early spring here in Ontario so there’s lots of new things sprouting all the time, the reliable favourites and new plants you’re happy to see come back. All of the plants in this post were just newly planted last year.

Euphorbia 'First Blush'
Probably the showiest new foliage is my Euphorbia ‘First Blush’ – I need to cut back last years dead stems tomorrow but I’m thrilled to see it looking this good already.

Paeonia tenuifolia ‘Plena’
This one is not the most thrilling but it’s the one I’m most thrilled with. Paeonia tenuifolia ‘Plena’. Here, let me Google that for you. Are you thrilled yet? The flowers and the foliage are both stunning and I could not be happier to see this alive and growing this spring.

Iris bucharica
My Iris bucharica are coming along and starting to look like little plants now. They still have a ways to go before they flower but they still look good.

Primula marginata ‘Mauve Mist’_1
And here is my overwintered clump of Primula marginata ‘Mauve Mist’ doing its best Agave impression, with spiky leaves and cones of leaves in the center. Hopefully these will flower for me soon but at least they look awesome even out of bloom until then.

I already had a hardy cactus in my garden but last year I got a new one to keep in a container. The one in the garden usually makes it through looking absolutely awful but the potted one, other than falling over (now propped up with bbq skewers) under the weight of the snow looks pretty good. I’m hoping it will flower this year. If it does and it’s a lot like the one I already have I’ll probably get rid of the old one. If it’s different… I guess I’ll try potting up the older one too and see if it does any better that way.

Opuntia macrorhiza
Opuntia macrorhiza

Another new plant and the only “tropical” in the list I have three Typhonium venosum corms which have already sprouted, the main one which has gone into an 8″ pot this year and two offsets (of 7, 4 are a decent size, the others are really small and may not have made it) in a 6″ pot. Sprouts are still pretty small but you get the idea.

Typhonium venosum
Typhonium venosum


About Andrew

Plant lover living in Toronto, Canada where I grow a wide range of plants in a very small space.
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7 Responses to Foliage Followup – April 2011

  1. Greggo says:

    Nice post even though its still early there. Got your link off penicks post. Bet your really ready for spring.

  2. It’s interesting to see Opuntia surviving in your northern climate. Of course, some varieties can be very cold-hardy. I have some in my Texas garden that is hardly hardy enough for the winter we just had: Opuntia ficus-indica. Ironic, isn’t it?

    • Andrew says:

      I don’t think there’s anywhere you can go where people aren’t trying to push their zone at least a little bit, people are always looking what’s just that much more interesting that they can almost get away with.

  3. ellieT says:

    the euphorbia is gorgeous!

  4. Scott says:

    That new peony foliage looks so rad! I love that Euphorbia…who wouldn’t!?!

  5. Bom says:

    Re: Primula’s agave impression. LOL! I have to agree that it is a good impression.

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