|Setaria palmifolia in my Palm Springs Yard|
|The same plant six months later when I returned after my summer break|
(Philip says 'Not guilty - blame the irrigation')
|Whiteknights in 1817 - the lake and trees are still there but very different now.|
Whilst in the USA back last winter, I purchased a plant of Manihot esculenta 'Variegata'. it's brilliant foliage just beckoned to me and I couldn't resist the purchase even though I had absolutely no idea what conditions the plant wanted or how it would grow. Sadly and almost inevitably it died within a few weeks.
|Manihot esculenta Variegata - a fleeting visitor|
I have tried that lovely South African silver leaf plant, Melianthus major several times but again it's doesn't like me or my garden and has struggled this summer yet again. Its alive but only just! In other places I see big, somewhat straggly lovely lush foliage and the occasional deep maroon flower - but not for me! Maybe it has heard me speak of its obnoxious smell!
|Melianthus major with Verbena venosa|
|Zantedeschia 'Kiwi Blush'|