Once again it is Foliage Day hosted by Christina and this month there is such a change in the garden and in the hedgerows. Everywhere buds are bursting and we have the delight of new foliage, mainly the lovely fresh green that is such a symbol of spring here in the UK.
Silver Birch, Betula ermanii, with delicate new leaves and catkins.
New growth on the box topiary, only a few more weeks and they will need a trim.
Lots of new growth by the pond, the Kingcup, Caltha palustris, has suddenly put up its large leaves.
New growth on Iris sibirica with Arum italicum marmoratum which the birds have kindly planted for me.
The mouse plant, Arisarum proboscideum, has recovered from being overshadowed by the Cotoneaster which died, it is now spreading a bit too far, encroaching on some precious meconopsis, action needed!
While photographing the foliage, I found two of the little mice, I’d forgotten that they flowered this early. Just look at that long tail!
Viburnum plicatum Maresii now has lots of foliage all along its horizontal branches.
Sticky buds on the Horse Chestnut trees in the garden. I have seen the squirrels peeling these like a banana and eating the flower buds, that must be why we don’t have many conkers!
Lovely fresh foliage on Acer Sango Kaku. The Bay tree behind it needs to come down by half I think, it is shutting out too much light.
The new foliage looks so delicate on A. Sango Kaku’s beautiful coral stems.
Cousin of the Kiwi fruit, Actinidia kolomikta, is showing it’s variegation which will eventually turn pink where it is now white.
Now for some of the coloured foliage in the garden.
Looking very bright at the moment, is the new foliage of Philadelphus coronarius Aureus.
It matches beautifully with the flowers of Mahonia aquifolium, which is underneath.
Lovely new red foliage on all the roses now.
The Cardoon is increasing, putting up new shoots away from the main plant, it must be happy at last.
Heucheras are all stirring, time to trim away the old leaves so they don’t detract from the beautiful new ones.
New leaves on the Bergenia are coming through green, but the old leaves on this one turn red/purple in the winter.
This is some of the foliage in the garden which is making it look very springlike at the moment. There are lots of flowers grabbing our attention, but also plenty of foliage which demand that we look at it.
Thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting Foliage Day once more, do pay her a visit to see foliage from around the world.