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Friday, June 22, 2018

Dow Gardens - Texture

You know I love textures! Here are four from the Dow Gardens. First is an ornamental, columnar white cedar (also called arborvitae). They are all Thuja occidentalis, but there are a number of varieties. I think this one with the "dancing" sprays of needles may be 'Hetz Wintergreen.'

ornamental cedar trees Dow Gardens

This is a Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa macra, variety 'All Gold.' I'll bet in a slight breeze this just flows like water.

Japanese Forest Grass Dow Gardens

Begonias always catch my eye. There are SO many varieties and colors and leaf shapes. I have no idea what this one is. It was in their small conservatory. Almost nothing in there was labeled. It was more like just a storage space for plants that aren't hardy. But the texture of this one is fantastic.

begonia Dow Gardens

Finally, this is not anything rare at all, except it was in bloom. It's a foxtail asparagus fern, Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii'. These began showing up in city planters a few years ago, and they are definitely a worthy addition to streetscapes.

foxtail asparagus fern Dow Gardens

I'm beginning to find some other things I might want to put in the blog, but there is still so much good stuff from Dow Gardens. I guess you'll have to come back to see what I pick next.

In other news: I spent the morning editing The Bigg Boss (15 chapters done), and then went out to distribute flyers and posters for our author event in the afternoon. Not my favorite activity by a long shot, but I got it done.

See Yellow Begonia
See Dow Gardens - Color
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Ann said...

I had an asparagus fern a long time ago. At the time I had a cat and he loved to lay down right in the middle of that plant.

Mina Jankovic said...
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Sharkbytes said...

Hi Ann- well, yes, plants are tolerant up to a point...