Sunday, July 12, 2015

Leaves and a Cat Curiosity

A few days ago I featured a few blooms. This time it will be a few leaves and a cat interlude in between...

I love it when Schefflera taiwaniana throws out leaves that is arranged almost in 360 degrees, well almost. Like this one. And the good thing about this particular plant is that almost all of the leaves it produces are like this. Nice clone...



When we saw the mother of this plant a few years ago at a private garden in Cornwall the leaves were almost a meter wide. Yes, a meter! Hopefully its offspring will do the same eventually. The large leaf form of Fatsia polycarpa (this may turn out to be a different species altogether but time and botanists will tell).



A curiosity rather than a thing of beauty, the weedy looking Cordyline 'Karo Kiri'. Ours makes for a comfy home for a spider at the moment.



Now for the cat interlude...

It was a lovely, lazy Saturday and Twinkles had a wonderful day sleeping...


Zzzzz
Yawn
Pose
Yawn again
Then groom
Back to leaves...

Schefflera kornasii with a nice set of new leaves that seems to reach out to the sun.



This one is planted right at the back of a border and I couldn't get a decent photo of it but the leaves are huge and looks so exotic and tropical! The Mexican big leaf Magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla var. dealbata.



A shrubby Euphorbia that gets really tall and has plenty of oomph! Euphorbia x pasteurii



Last but not the least is this Schefflera macrophylla. Shame it's not that hardy but still well worth growing in a for those gorgeous large leaves.



Hope you all had a wonderful, plant filled weekend!

Mark :-)

16 comments :

  1. Ahhhh, those Scheffleras! Twinkles may not be impressed but I am. I wish they would tolerate our dry summers and our heat...

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    1. I wonder if the other Scheffleras will like arboricola etc. but I suppose you may have tried those already Gerhard :)

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  2. Hi Mark, I enjoyed looking at the fabulous tropical foliage in your garden. I think my favorite leaves are the ones of Fatsia polycarpa.
    Twinkles surely knows how to chill out on a Saturday :-)!
    Wishing you a good start into the new week!
    Christina

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    1. She has a good and easy life Christina :)

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  3. Love those scheffleras! And Twinkles. ;)

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  4. Oh, to be as happy and carefree as a cat! I seldom see Schefflera of any species planted outside here. If they didn't need so much water to survive outside I might try planting my one and only Schefflera (S. actinophylla) in the garden - it's getting too big for its pot indoors.

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    1. Indeed Kris :) perhaps in the future you can, fingers crossed!

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  5. Awww Twinkles. What a life it must be. Much like the spider with that cool fortress!

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    1. The easy life of a well loved cat eh Amy :)

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  6. Not related to the large leaves, but I'm always amazed at how remote your garden feels. Even though you're surrounded by neighbors, there is almost no sign of them back here. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Alan :) dense planting and some crafty photography help but yes the neighbours are around...

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  7. Wonderful, plant-filled weekend followed by wonderful, plant-filled post. Leaves to die for!

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    1. It was Ricki, a lovely weekend of gardening :)

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  8. Love scheffleras! I think it would be wonderful to be twinkles, enjoying living in a beautiful tropical looking garden and not having to do any of the work.

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  9. I wish I could find scheffleras here. Yours are beautiful! And Twinkles is so pretty :)

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