Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day – April 2013
Look at me, all prepared for the foliage day and everything! I’m so proud of myself. Of course, it’s only because of all the emerging foliage that I thought to myself whilst taking the shots ‘oh I can save these for the foliage post!’
I’ve mentioned in other posts recently how everything seems to have suddenly started to grow, and it feels like I can see them growing because it seems to happen so quickly. There’s a very obvious difference in growth between days, let alone from week to week.
For example, the Sedum and Rose spent weeks with small buds, just appearing then suddenly in the past week have produced noticeable growth. Meanwhile, we can see the damage to the Hebe that the snow caused. I don’t know whether to try trimming lightly to initiate new growth or just get rid.
My two Mecanopsis also have very obvious leaves now, I’m unsure whether to move them or not and hope they actually bloom this year. They’ve had plenty of water over the past year so hopefully will be happy enough to bloom.
Rhubarb leaves always look so tropical… I never eat the stems though, but I leave this one in the corner because actually it’s a good cover in a spot I normally can’t get to.
The Hellebore which looked very dead i.e. all leaves dead, has put on plenty of growth! Yay.
Oh and it’s almost time for the brilliant pink blossom of Russian Dwarf Almond and the firey red of fresh Acer leaves.
Nothing says spring to me more than fresh Hawthorn leaves, I love their vibrant colour. It’s especially beautiful when backlit by the sun.
I’ve a few clumps of Pheasant’s Tail Grass, and they all seem to have survived, I’m in two minds whether to cut this one back or leave it a little longer to fill out first… I seem to be drowning under a sea of Allium in the right border at the moment… There’s so many seedlings, which aren’t yet mature enough to produce blooms… It almost looks like a lawn of grass! Speaking of lawns… I think this is a cheeky Allium growing in the lawn?? Am I correct? If I leave it, I’m guessing it would likely bloom next year.
It’s amazing that in spring, when I’m watching everything with an eagle eye that I notice the foliage. The rest of the year I find difficult to truly appreciate it all and I think it’s because I’m so overly stimulated by everything. For example, in my mind I can think what a failure a border was, but when I look back on photos I realise that actually it looked really good!
There are, however always my favourites, such as these Sanguisorba leaves. Another favourite are the Rowan leaves once they’re developed enough for me to feature.
We can’t have a foliage feature without mentioning Aquilegia, not only does beading water look amazing on them, but in spring they have such delicate and beautiful leaves, it’s untrue.
Finally I’ll leave you with new Geum leaves, I think they’re spreading to produce new plants here… I may have to tame it back but we’ll see if they get too much. I love them back-lit though, and these too have delicately coloured leaves and stems in comparison to the mother plants.