The garden here is usually predominantly green, but the weather has been so very hot over the last week, leaves have been falling off trees, making the garden look more like autumn. The temperatures have reached to well over 30C, which we hardly ever have here, and fallen leaves are burnt to a crisp, crunching underfoot. I am wilting like a few of my plants, but at least I can move to the shade and drink plenty of water when necessary, the plants just have to cope as best they can.
I really must rake out the leaves from the Ophiopogon rug in the gravel garden, it looks so autumnal.
At least when the grass gets cut, the leaves will be picked up.
The rest of the garden is still looking green however, this small hedge of Lonicera nitida was clipped a week ago and looks nice and smart with its sharp edges.
Crocosmia Lucifer is almost ready to flower, but at the moment I can just enjoy the sword shaped leaves.
Acanthus mollis is wilting a bit in all the heat. They tell us that it will soon be cooler so this plant should be happy as well as me.
This hosta in the bog garden is looking happy, it has plenty of moisture still to keep it bright and perky.
There are lots more Primula sikkimensis spreading in the bog garden, their leaves like the conditions here very much.
A new Rogersia that I have bought for the bog garden, the leaves are quite different from my original one with the bronze pleated leaves.
Iris pseudocorus variegata has flowered already and the leaves are gradually turning green, losing the bright yellow variegation from earlier in the year.
Contrasting shaped leaves from astilbe and rogersia
more contrast from a Hosta,fern and Alchemilla mollis.
Rhododendron yakushimanum , showing the beautiful indumentum (like a felt covering) on the new leaves.
The indumentum gradually gets worn away, probably by our rain, then the leaves are a glossy green.
Heucheras are forming nice contrasts round the garden, brightening up dull places.
Also contrasting with Brunnera Jack Frost seedlings.
Pittosporum Irene Patterson has been clipped to form an umbrella. This is where I retreat to when the weather is so hot, in the shade with a good book and a nice long iced drink.
More contrast from Rosa glauca with Cotinus.
Sunlight shining through a small Chusan palm, Convolvulous cneorum and Cordyline Torbay Red.
Heucheras and a Tiarella in my old strawberry pot. They seem to be doing so much better in this pot than the old strawberries used to do.
Huge leaves of Hosta by the front door, I don’t think it has had such large leaves before. The leaves are very thick and the snails don’t seem to like them very much thank goodness.
Cooler weather arrived overnight, thank goodness, it has been so difficult sleeping lately, so my plants and I can have a break from all the heat that we have had over the last few days and get back to normal.
Thanks must go to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting this foliage meme each month, where she encourages us to look at the foliage in our gardens as a change from concentrating on all the beautiful flowers that we all have at the moment.