Garden Foliage Day – April 2012
So, I’m late to this meme; but it’s better than nothing considering I always, always, ALWAYS forget to participate. As it happens I took some photos around the garden yesterday as we had wall to wall sunshine for the first time in what seems like ages… Oh wait, it has been around two weeks!
Today hasn’t been too bad and after a grim start early this morning it brightened up by 10am and stayed that way until around 5pm when it greyed over, had a bit of a rain and then fluctuated between showers and sun for the rest of the evening.
Anyway, spring is the most amazing time for foliage and there’s so much lush growth around that begs to be photographed.
These photos have been thrown together at the last minute, so bear with me please
Let’s start with the foliage of Pulmonaria and Hellebore knitting together to form a dense carpet; raindrops on Allium leaves and the deep wine foliage of Ajuga; this foliage until recently was being hidden by a Foxglove that I have now moved. Hopefully the bugle will soon produce blooms as it takes advantage of the light it now has.
Next up we have the deep leaves of the black Elder which I look forward to seeing more of as it matures; so far it’s still quite small as I only bought it last year. However I do have another which is around 4 years old and has never really done much. Last year I cut it back hard and it’s managed to produce some fresh growth this year, but it seems to have sort of reverted back as its leaves are not small as is typical of this one, but large like the green version, but black.
NB – scrap what I just said as I just realised that my 4 year old plant is actually Sambucus Nigra ‘Black Beauty’ and the new one is Sambucus nigra ‘Black lace’. Anyway, I had noticed last year after having chopped black beauty back, the leaves produced were a blotchy green-black colour but this year they’ve come back black.
The fern-like leaves of my tiny Sorbus Forrestii are finally out, and I am extremely worried that I will manage to trample this tiny little tree – it’s around 30cm tall at the moment and will grow to around 3/4m.
Of course, the Fern fronds are one of my favourite at the moment… the other ferns don’t produce such cute, furry fronds!
Foliage in the Cherry border is amazing at the moment; it’s still a little rough around the edges which I still need to work on, but certainly most of the border is beautiful with Geraniums, Pulmonaria, Hellebore, Foxgloves and Anemones all knitting together to form a wonderfully lush carpet.
Aquilegia is a firm favourite here, and I have quite a few around the garden although only a few are nice, mature specimens. I love this plant because it looks amazing after rain as well as backlit by the sun.
Astilbe and Sorbus Fructicosa provide a nice juxtaposition of leave types, both are still immature plants so it’s a little sparse at the moment. Geranium macrorrhizum, Geranium wargrave pink and Centuria always make me happy seeing how well they’re doing. I do need to divide both wargrave and the macrorrhizum, but when they’re looking this amazing I just don’t have the heart to at this time of year (and yes the grass is having a party in all this rain!). And last but not least is the young leaf of a Lupin I added around a month ago… I’m having to guard them with my life from the slugs and snails.