Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Color up for Foliage Follow-up!

It’s that time of the year, when the foliage all around us starts to take on burnished golden and fiery hues.

What you were expecting colorful tree leaves? Nah! The Aloes are putting on a show just as good, Aloe dorotheae…

Aloe arborescens variegata has gained more contrast to its stripes as the temperature has dipped.

Aloe marlothii

Aloe reitzii

Aloe vaotsanda x divaricata ('Fire Ranch')

The Bromeliads don’t shy away from a little color either, Bromeliad Neoregelia hybrid.

And another...

Vriesea imperialis or Imperial Bromeliad

A couple of NOID Bromeliads...

Araeococeus flagellifolius an unusual bromeliad that looks more like a grass.

These small Aeoniums ('sunburst' I believe) 'Kiwi' (thanks Gerhard) have added a touch of yellow with a nice pink edge.

New vs. old foliage on the Dioon edule.

Dyckia Burgundy Ice

And an unknown Dyckia hybrid.

Some of the Opuntia have also taken it up a notch with the fall color. Opuntia basilaris ‘Sara’s Compact’…

Opuntia macrocentra

Opuntia santa-rita, with a stripe of purple, joined by a Aloe haworthioides about to bloom and the thin colorful leaves of Agave geminiflora.

The brown edges on Sedum nussbaumeriannum have become even more distinct.

And the Sedum rubrotinctum is positively glowing.

Even the colorful veins on the Sarracenia seem more pronounced lately.

Finally, for the foliage traditionalist here are a few images of more typical fall foliage, Mahonia fortunei 'Curlyque'…

Poncirus trifoliata

Amsonia hubrichtii

And maybe my most favorite (and unlikely) combo, Echium wildpretii and Virginia creeper…

In case you don’t know Foliage Follow-up is the monthly counter to yesterday’s abundance of blooms, on Bloomday. It’s the brainchild of Pam over at Digging, visit her blog for the round up of all those participating.

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