Last November I blogged about a front yard near our house that really spoke to me. At the time, the highlight for me were four variegated leucadendrons (Leucadendron salignum × laureolum ‘Jester’, also sold as ‘Safari Sunshine’). This variety is hard to find, and I had a bad case of plant envy when I saw the four specimens in this yard. (In the meantime, I found one at Ruth Bancroft Garden’s spring plant sale so all is well.)
Yesterday I decided to walk over and see how much the plants have grown. It was in the middle of the day, with the sun beating down mercilessly, so the photos in this post are a quite contrasty. But if you compare these pictures with the previous post, you’ll see that the progress has been nothing short of amazing.
November 25, 2012
June 27, 2013
The Russian sage in the center and the kangaroo paws in the bottom right have positively exploded. You can’t see even the two leucadendrons anymore!
Let’s look at a few more photos:
I really liked this planting scheme back in November, and I’m glad to say that it held up well for me. I’d make a few tweaks if this were my property—like remove some of the shrubs you see in the last photo and definitely repaint the house to get rid of the splotchy look—but other than that, I could be quite happy here!