Safari Sunday and March Foliage
We’re nearing the end of March, and since I didn’t manage to take specific foliage shots I’ve used some slightly older photos to compensate. The garden is currently under approximately 5/6 inches of snow so I’m unsure we’ll see much greenery for at least the next week.
Therefore, this post will serve as both a gardener’s foliage day and a more typical Safari Sunday.
So, let’s begin with the Pheasant’s Tail Grass! Another plant I can’t seem to stop photographing at the moment. I’m thinking it ought to be moved to a spot where it’s a feature. At the moment it becomes dwarfed by taller plants around it over summer.
The Kerria Japonica in my neighbour’s garden is coming into bloom… Or rather, it was. No doubt the snow has killed the few blooms off, but there are plenty more buds ready to open. This ‘lives’ nextdoor, but it’s grown enough and comes through the hedge into mine. Can’t complain really.
Not your typical Tommy, this is ‘Ruby Giant’. I haven’t yet seen it open… I’d like to know whether it’s more or less stunning than ‘Barr’s Purple’ or ‘Whitewell Purple’…. I think I already prefer the lighter purples of the other two if I’m honest. We also have Black Elder, new and old growth of Sedums and the beautiful blooms of Helleborus Harvington ‘Double Purple’.
The unknown speckled Hellebore is probably Helleborus Orientalis ‘white speckles’… But who knows. Finally the leaves on Sanguisorba are large enough for real photos… When they’re first emerging they’re red and very small and it’s been more effort than it’s worth trying to get photos of them! Most of them time they’re out of focus so I give in.
I love the contrast between the vibrant green of Forget-me-not and the deep red Sedum… Most of my F-M-N have really suffered in the snow and I fear this last lost will have killed off most of them 😦
They were all doing so well a month or two ago… And they should all be white ones that I sowed last year! Oh well.
We can’t have winter and not post photos of Moss… So very pretty and delicate.
‘Cream Beauty’ looks very much dead under the snow too. I don’t think many of the bulbs can handle much more snow most seem to be really damaged this time.
I just love the fresh leaves on Aquilegia; they’re so vivid, and of course look amazing with water beads on them! The Aubrieta were almost blooming when I last checked… Hopefully the delicate buds are OK.
And finally, just because they’re so beautiful… Maybe if I cut back the tall stems of the Flat-Topped Aster I’d get more light on the Sedum and be able to take more photos!
OK, so I know there wasn’t a great deal of foliage per say… Perhaps next month I’ll be able to get proper shots for this post? The year we moved in to this house we had a freak snow shower in April, so who knows? Perhaps we’ll be just as ‘lucky’ this year………………………….
Oh no, I just jinxed myself, didn’t I?