Leaves backlit by sunlight are one of the joys at this time of year. Leaves newly emerged are thankfully not being ripped to shreds by strong winds and gales , everything is peaceful in the garden here at the moment. The leaves that are catching my attention are belonging to my Acer trees. It has taken some of them a long time to emerge, but it was worth the wait.
Acer Osakazuki with its beautiful little flowers hanging down below the fresh leaves.
The leaves of this Acer are such a lovely fresh green, contrasting nicely with the flowers.
Acer Sango Kaku, this is the first one to get its leaves and the first to lose them in the autumn.
Lit up by the setting sun is a new Acer, still in its pot, labelled as Acer palmatum Garnet, must plant it soon.
The Acer with no name which was here before us
It’s the time of year when I have to re-learn how to spell Matteuccia struthiopteris. Nice backlit by the sun.
The fiddleheads of the Matteuccia are so appealing as they unfurl.
Hosta and Astilbe with contrasting leaf shapes and textures.
Iris pseudacorus Variegata is one of the first plants to wake up in the bog garden.
Libertia peregrinans catching the setting sun.
Amelanchier lamarckii glowing in the morning sun, the silver birch in the foreground frames the picture.
The hybrid tree in the front garden, an oak crossed with a copper beech, looks wonderful in the morning sun.
Horse Chestnut tree, Aesculus, in the woodland., before the moth has got at it, although I can see a couple of holes.
Wandering round the garden yesterday, there were lots more foliage which grabbed my attention.
Looking lovely at this time of year is the cousin of the Kiwi fruit, Actinidia kolomikta. The pink and white variegation is very pretty, eventually all the white parts turn pink.
Brunnera Jack Frost seedlings that I moved to the Meconopsis bed, are doing really well, brightening up a shady corner.
The hardy Maidenhair Fern , Adiantum venustum, looks so delicate but is very tough here.
Heuchera Rio certainly stands out from a crowd.
But in the corner of the gravel area at the back, it makes a nice grouping with the glaucous foliage of the Eucalyptus gunnii. A happy accident is that the trumpets of the narcissus match the colour of the heuchera flowers.
At the other side of the gravel area there is contrast between the Convolvulous cneorum, Chusan palm and Cordyline Torbay Red, all in pots as they don’t like my heavy soil.
My golden Box ginger jar needs cutting back, it’s getting too big! This is early, “they” say to trim box at the beginning of June.
The Cardoon is obviously happy in the border by the field as it is now spreading. I love the foliage of this plant, it contrasts with everything around it.
That is my round up of foliage in the garden this month which I find interesting at the moment. Many thanks must go to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting this meme each month, do please pay her a visit to see other foliage from around the world.