Thursday, September 16, 2010

Foliage Plants

The predominant colour in my garden is green. While other gardens in the neighbourhood are spilling over with hibiscus and chrysanthemum blooms, my foliage plants seem to be thriving. I console myself that the lack of abundance of flowers may be due to the trees all around.
The Nailpolish Bromeliad Neoregalia spectabilis has come out with its rare pink flowers now.
Alocacia Metallica has dark leaves which look like a horse's face. They look striking against a wall. Small plantlets of this alocacia are sprouting up all over my garden now.

The huge leaves of this Anthurium have light coloured veins.


This is a native Lemon grass .The blades are razor sharp- I have had my fingers slashed by them twice! I use the leaves to flavour tea, and also for Thai cooking.



This is an Alpinia - a ginger. It is like a beam of sunshine in a corner of the garden.Its shell like flowers are also attractive.
Leaves have so many different shapes, textures and colours. I wonder why we overlook them .




12 comments:

  1. I love your leafy garden! The plants you're growing have such interesting shapes, textures, and colors. I especially like the Metallica leaf.

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  2. I love your leafy garden, too! Delightful plants! Have to agree with what Barb has written. Love the shapes and textures! Lovely! Have a great day!

    Sylvia

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  3. Hi Lotusleaf, I love the Alocacia Metalicca. I bought this plant 2 years ago. Took great care of it but it had an early death. Great to know yours is reproducing.

    As for lemon grass, we use the base of the stem for cooking or making drinks. I have not used the leaves before. Do you use just the leaves or together with the stems?

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  4. Very nice! Is it Alocasia metallica or Alocasia x amazonica? I just purchased one today so I'm curious.

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  5. Your photo of the shell ginger with the sun passing through is lovely! And what amazing anthurium leaves! I've never seen one like that. Time to explore than genus a bit more.

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  6. Your ginger shot is incredible LL. Wow! ;>)

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  7. Just like you lotusleaf I appreciate all things green in the garden. I think the backlighting on the ginger leaves is awesome. You had some great blooms yesterday and today there are some beautiful pieces of foliage aswell that compliment those flowers.

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  8. Greenery is the backbone of the garden - how lovely to highlight these special ones. Alocasia metalica is a good name for that plant - I call it african mask, the common name here.

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  9. The foliage plants are lovely indeed but even in regard to flowers I cannot imagine that your neighbors really have anything on your garden. They might have lots of chrysanthemums but you manage to post about some amazing flower I have never heard about before almost every other day... :)

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  10. Bromeliad has a pretty bloom! You have nice foliage plants!
    Lemon grass leaves in tea? sounds good! You should share the recipe than.... ;-)

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  11. That Alocacia is stunning. You have a lovely selection of stripey leaves. I'm growing the shell ginger in my garden too.

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  12. Nail polish bromeliad - the name is so apt.

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