Japanese maple puts on another excellent show


December 17, 2020

The show is over now, but during the past two weeks I watched the Japanese maple at the front corner of the house blush redder and redder.

Looking up through the leaves was like gazing through stained glass. I’m sure I looked odd staring up at the leaves, if any neighbors happened to see me. But I was pretty well hidden in there. Still, all those Ring cameras on front doors nowadays…

The giant leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Gigantea’), which started flowering a few weeks ago and is still going, has been bringing in butterflies and bees, adding to the beauty of this shady corner.

With the sedge lawnette (Carex leavenworthii), variegated flax lily (Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’), dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor), and ‘Everillo’ sedge along the foundation, it’s a typical mid-December scene, which I never tire of.

After a couple of recent dips down to freezing, the soap aloes (Aloe maculata) in the back garden have settled into their own version of winter color: intensified mauve leaves with orange tips and pronounced freckles.

It’s pretty psychedelic.

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