Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day
Woo hoo, go me! I managed to remember the foliage day! I hope you’re all impressed with me :)
Ok, so I’m going to have to cheat a little bit due to it being a Friday and my need for a Friday Flowers post. Sorry. I also appreciate that I’m moderately cheating by using grasses, or rather grass flowers. So technically it’s not foliage.
I’ve come to realise I have loads of different types of foliage with absolutely no idea how to photograph it or place them so they look good together!
There’s only two instances where I think two things are working well together. The rest I’m unsure about or don’t really know what I think.
Anyway, Aconitum looks to be close to blooming but it is still relatively small compared to previous years. Granted, I have moved it so perhaps it’s sulking. I didn’t purposefully place the Acer near it, but I quite like how the colours contrast, yet the foliage is similar so helps to unify the partnership (do I sound like I know what I’m talking about??).
Next up is Sea Holly which will look very different once the stems branch out and blooms form; eventually they will turn to a steely blue hue. The clumps are getting too large and I need to divide them next year because I’ve two close together. Finally we’ll look at Campanula, Fever few and Aster on the upper tier. The lighting makes it difficult to see exactly what’s happening here, but once the Campanula and FFew are blooming it will be much more obvious. But I do like the graduation from low to tall plants.
The Yarrow has surprised me by growing quite so large… I only planted it early spring and didn’t expect it to mature so quickly! As a result it’s managing to crowd out other plants I bought and planted behind it… Perhaps I’ll move it to the back next year. The small Rowan shrub to the right is also being crowded by both the Yarrow and some Astilbes behind – they will have a new home in the front garden next year.
The combination of Geranium and Caryopteris is a surprise – I hadn’t realised its foliage would be a yellowygreen… Not sure I like it, but I am sure I will forgive it when the Bees and Flutters flock to it later in the year.
Geranium, Sedum and Aquilegia are packed in together, I am considering moving the Aquilegia as I think they look out of place in this border… I do however quite like the combination of Shasta Daisy and Flat-topped Aster. I especially love how the Aster’s stem graduates in colour from light to dark. After I gave the Pheasant’s Tail grass a haircut, the Anemone is looking much better this year. However, the Aster still needs to be cut back a little – I’ve already removed a few of its stems to stop it taking over.
I realise that this Geum photo is not technically very good, but I just love the sparkle from the water drop on the bottom petal – it looks much better at full size! And of course I had to play with ‘bokeh’ behind the Quaking grass and Sweet Rocket (btw, you’ll see a lot of the Quaking grass today)
Astrantia is just far too nice and I find myself taking almost the exact same photos every year… Salvia with Festuca makes a nice combination (more Quaking grass, do I really need to even mention it??!) and Geranium Thurstonianum continues to bloom and also provides plenty of foliage.
The Poppies won’t be with us much longer I don’t think. I bought them with as many buds as possible and have been dead-heading them but I’ve taken too long to get them planted so won’t get to enjoy them in the border for very long. The Bird’s Foot Trefoil is getting too large this year, but I do like its leaves and the shade of green. Sedum looks like it is going to bloom for the first time. And I love this shade of Foxglove; it’s such a rich, deep Fuchsia shade. At first I hadn’t really looked twice at it and just thought it was like all the other pinky/purple Foxgloves so I’m glad I looked closer and noticed the difference!
I haven’t featured any images from the front garden but there are some nice Astilbes, as well as the Autumn Ferns but things aren’t yet mature so they all look a little out of place at the moment. I’ve been having difficulty with my knee for a few days after scratching my knee and causing a seemingly minor cut, it would seem I hurt the knee too and it keeps moving and I can feel things happening that normally I wouldn’t feel (I think I need one of those knee supports). I went out today for my hair cut and discovered it doesn’t like going up or down hills either – living on a hill is therefore a problem. So I’m attempting to rest it now but can’t find any sitting position which is comfortable (I normally sit curled up or with my legs crossed and they seem to irritate it). So the point of this story is that I haven’t edited the photos from the front garden because I can’t sit in a comfortable position!
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