As soon as I started looking round the garden to see what sort of foliage I could photograph, it was obvious from all the new shoots that there were, that most, but not all the photos would be of the new foliage that was bursting forth in the garden. I shouldn’t have been surprised, because we have had a very mild winter so far with only a couple of little frosts, I just hope that we don’t get some arctic weather in March that will then burn all the new shoots. I’m starting with some fennel shoots just outside the back door.
This is a seedling of the parent plant, the parent seems to have died, can’t see any shoots anywhere near where it used to be.
All the Hydrangea bushes are showing signs of life.
I must finish cutting back all the buddlejas, only a few done so far.
Not up very far yet, but the burgundy shoots of Paeony mlokosewitschii echo the burgundy on the back of the hellebore petals.
All the way down the front drive are some variegated box plants. These have been grown from cuttings given to me by a friend. they had their first cut the other day, we are trying to train them into cubes this time as I have enough box balls!
The front hedge, under the kitchen window is Lonicera pileata, all grown from one plant and then cuttings taken years ago. The cone in the background is Lonicera Baggesen’s Gold ( not very gold at the moment, when the new growth comes it will be once more) and to the left you can see some of the box balls in the rose garden.
Tulips are up in the zinc bath where I planted them last year, yes, I know, weeding to do!
I have been growing yew seedlings that I have found round the garden, in pots, so that one day we can have a yew hedge somewhere. They are almost big enough to plant out now, but I think I will wait until the garden dries out a bit more, as they don’t like the wet.
Up till now I have been taking photos from the paths, but now I decided to squelch round the garden to take the rest. The garden is still so very soggy, even though we haven’t had any rain now for a few days. The first plant with lovely foliage was the cardoon in the border by the field.
Further up the field border is an old plant of Phlomis fruiticosa, maybe I ought to start afresh with some cuttings, it sprouts back quickly though when it is cut right back when it gets too woody and leggy.
This is what happens when I don’t go up to the top of the garden, the clematis are in desperate need of cutting back. The clematis on the pergola by the field are all viticella types, which means they all get cut down to about 2ft, all this new growth will have to go very soon.
Roses on the pergola also need cutting back, lovely new growth will have to go.
Acanthus mollis, near the pond area, is still looking very lush, I have never known it to be this good all winter, must be the mild weather.
Hemerocallis foliage is everywhere, looking very fresh and spring like. I spy a buttercup whose days are numbered!
There are clumps of Arum italicum marmoratum under most of the trees and shrubs, where the blackbirds deposit the seed.
In the border outside the back door is Libertia peregrinans which is slowly spreading and contrasts with the flowers nearby in the summer.
Colchicum foliage is springing up, this was my original clump of 3 bulbs, but each year now I move some to spread around the garden. I move them when the foliage is dying down so that they are in place long before they start flowering.
It might be only plain old montbretia, but the fresh apple green sword shaped leaves make me think that spring can’t be far away.
I am amazed at how far on all the alliums are, if they carry on at this rate they’ll be flowering in March!
Heuchera Lime Marmalade is looking very fresh and spring like.
In the woodland, cyclamen hederifolium is making a lovely patterned carpet under some rhododendrons, the ants are working hard spreading the seed for me!
English bluebells at the end of the woodland. Any Spanish ones that pop up are dug up and given away as I don’t want them hybridising with the English ones. Unfortunately the previous people planted the Spanish ones in the woodland.
They don’t look much now, but this is the beginnings of my drift of Fritillaria meleagris which I will be protecting from the pheasant this year after all the damage he did to the buds and flowers last year!
Still in the woodland, the cowslips have been seeding into the bark chipping path. as well as the odd little crocus. The bark path seems to be a good nursery bed for lots of seedlings.
In the gravel garden at the back Euphorbia melliferra and Pittosporum Irene Patterson contrast nicely and they are underplanted with……
…..Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens.
And lastly, still in the gravel garden, is Phormium Yellow Wave, gradually getting back to the size it was in 2010. I thought I had lost it in the bad winter we had then, it struggled for a couple of years, but now seems to have decided to stay, thank goodness.
Thanks for your company while I squelched round the garden, thanks too must go to Christina for hosting GBFD once more, do pay her a visit to see more foliage from around the world.