It really is back to winter again with the temperatures plummeting to below zero at night and feeling like it during the day, with the easterly wind. When I eventually got myself all wrapped up to take the photos for this post, it felt most strange to go into the woodland and photograph foliage, when I was surrounded by hundreds of lovely little flowers, never mind their turn will come. To start with, I have just bought a delicious hellebore to fill a space, Winter Moonbeam, I thought that even when the plant isn’t flowering, the leaves will still look interesting.
There are lots of varieties of Hemerocallis around the garden and everywhere their new growth is pushing through, even on a clump that had got dug up, dumped on a bare bit of soil and forgotten about.
Rose foliage is sprouting on all the climbers and shrub roses, lovely fresh growth everywhere, such a shame that they will all be cut off when I prune them soon.
Masses of Pulmonarias everywhere are putting out new growth, must get to them and take away their old leaves to tidy them up.
Cyclamen hederifolium leaves form good ground cover in part of the woodland, there are so many different patterns on the leaves. We have quite a sizeable area here under a rhododendron bush, all started with just one corm, the ants have spread the seed for us.
At the far end of the woodland, Euphorbia Blackbird forms a nice contrast with the other green leaves around it.
Just the ordinary english ivy, but why is it red? Has the cold made it turn red like my nose?!
Euphorbia mellifera can always be relied on to look good, no matter what the weather. Quite a few flower buds have formed so I will look forward to lots of lovely honey perfume wafting across the garden in April/May.
You may remember last autumn, we started re-doing the border by the field and I found a tiny, puny little leaf of my cardoon that was being swamped by a conifer, this is how it is now that it has light and air, it has certainly grown and multiplied.
More growth to be pruned away, this time on all the buddleja bushes in the garden. They were cut back by half at the beginning of winter but will need doing again in the next couple of weeks.
Masses of foxgloves have appeared in one of the nursery beds at the top of the garden, must move them soon to the back of the woodland borders.
Acanthus mollis by the pond is looking very shiny and pristine at the moment, usually it collapses in a heap when the temperatures plummet but not so far.
I never tire of the beautifully patterned leaves of Arum italicum marmoratum. We usually find it tucked under trees because the birds eat the orange berries in the autumn and then pass the seeds when they are sitting in the trees. It puts itself in places where I would never think of placing it.
And lastly, there are signs of my Meconopsis Lingholm seedlings coming through in the nursery bed, so far I have counted twenty but hopefully there will be more than that to transfer to their final place. All the seedlings of Meconopsis betonicifolia have disappeared, thanks I think to moles or voles making their tunnels in that bed, there are holes everywhere!
Sorry, I can’t stay out any longer, my fingers, toes and nose are all frozen, I must get inside and warm up once more! Thanks must go once more to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting this Foliage Day, do visit her to see more foliage from around the world.