Spiny fingers for Foliage Follow-Up

Amid the crazy busyness of December, I’m opting for a quick and easy subject for my monthly Foliage Follow-Up post: a cute, orange-spined, somewhat profane-looking cactus in a goofy, skeleton-decorated Rick Van Dyke pot. Sometimes you just have to indulge the whimsy.

What kind of foliage is making you happy in your December garden? Please join me for Foliage Follow-Up, giving foliage plants their due on the day after Bloom Day. Leave a link to your post in a comment below. I really appreciate it if you’ll also link to my post in your own — sharing link love! If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it. I look forward to seeing your foliage faves!

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19 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    My immediate reaction was ouch!

    Here is my Foliage Follow Up post – much softer! http://patientgardener.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/foliage-follow-up-december-2014/

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I love the plant, the pot and the combination! Orange and blue – how could you go wrong? Is the message touch this and wish you were dead? I also featured a prickly character for foliage follow up – http://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2014/12/holly-ilex-for-foliage-follow-up.html

  3. Kris P says:

    How did you match the cactus and the pot so perfectly?! Here’s my foliage follow-up: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2014/12/foliage-follow-up-december-2014.html

  4. Alison says:

    Love the cactus and the container! I need a few more cacti in my garden. My FF post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2014/12/foliage-followup-december-2014.html

  5. Love the plant and pot, and the table they’re sitting on! It’s been a little dark lately with the grey skies so I’m featuring a little bright variegation for foliage follow-up:

  6. TexasDeb says:

    Loving that blue pot – it is indeed a perfect color against the orange spines of the cacti.

    Not a foliage follow up post per se but the post linked below does highlight Hamelia patens in foliar and berried regalia:

    Happy Holidays to all!

  7. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I have a Foliage Follow Up but nothing outside this time. I love the cactus with their little red top spines. http://greenbowgardens.blogspot.com/2014/12/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-and-foliage.html

  8. Denise says:

    I see no profanity in your cactus, just a devil-may-care jauntiness! Aloes continue to be the faves in the December garden here: http://agrowingobsession.com/?p=61764

  9. Shirley says:

    Love the orange and blue, a good combination for your garden.

    Agaves ready for the holidays


  10. Melody McMahon says:

    Pam, thanks for the link to Rick Van Dyke’s website. I love his work and recently bought his pots at Living Desert Ranch. What a fun combo you put together!

  11. That’s a cute cactus Pam. I like bringing in the redish colors in December. I really enjoyed garden touring 2014 with you. I’ve got to start thinking about an annual update to my web site. Several new sculptures to show (Bottle Tree Man coming along nicely). Hope I can figure out the web design side of things. I’d rather be digging! Merry Christmas!

  12. Nice cactus and colorful container Pam. I have some of these cacti on my southern windowsill and they continue to grow after about ten years or so now. We are going into winter mode here but there is still some interesting foliage in the garden. Here is my link: http://landscapedesignbylee.blogspot.com/2014/12/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-december-2014.html

  13. Anna K says:

    Ha! What a fun combo! Love the skeleton pot! Not much new on my end, mostly same-old, same-old, but at least they get high marks for longevity… right?


  14. rickii says:

    “Brilliant” could apply to the photo and/or the photographer. I’m getting into the holiday spirit with my post: http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/4225

  15. Hoov says:

    Marvelous combo of orange and blue, with the cactus spines and skeletons a combination of a different sort.

    Here at home I am happy to see foliage that is not covered with months of dust.