New growth is all around us at the moment, such lovely fresh greens, copper tones and burgundies which will turn a dull green in the summer, must enjoy them while we can. First thing in the morning, with the low sunlight shining through them, they are so beautiful, like a stained glass window. I will start with my favourite tree in the garden at the moment, Amelanchier lamarckii. This tree has everything, flowers for the bees, beautiful copper coloured leaves when they first come out, black berries for the birds later in the year and fantastic autumn tints, what more could you ask!
The new foliage of Acer Sango Kaku is so delicate, so beautiful and quite colourful at this stage. The pink of the stems matching the leaf covers and the tips of the leaves.
With leaves like this, who needs flowers!! Pieris forest flame is shining out of the woodland at the moment, no-one could miss it. It has taken a long time to reach this size, about 4 ft, but at last I think it is happy and has decided to stay!
The new growth of ferns is so sculptural, none more so than the Hart’s tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendium. This was already in the garden when we arrived, it is found on the banks of the lanes here in Devon and I’m sure has invaded all the gardens round about. It pops up in various places where I would never think of planting it and always looks just right.
One of the Heucheras which is in the woodland, just by the bridge over the ditch. When the sun comes through the leaves they look so beautiful.
Spreading happily in the woodland is Bowles golden grass, Milium effusum Aureum with such lovely yellow leaves which look like patches of sunlight even on a dull day. A wood violet has made itself at home amongst it.
There is lots of new ferny growth on all the astilbes which we have in the bog garden and round the pond. Soon we will be able to see the contrasting foliage of the iris and hostas beside them.
At the back of the pond area, Iris pseudacorus Variegata is beginning to show, contrasting with the large Caltha palustris, kingcup, behind.
Another variegated Iris, this time one that likes to sit with its feet in water, whenever we have visitors to the garden, this is the one they always want to take away with them, each year bits are cut off so I don’t think it will ever get too large!
Dividing the pond area from the veggie garden is a purple leaved elder, Sambucus Black Lace. In a month or so, this bush will have the most beautiful pink flowers which are just the right colour for the dark leaves.
Another Heuchera, this one is Marmalade I think, but unfortunately I seem to have planted it on top of some narcissus bulbs, it wasn’t the empty space I thought it was! Must move it now!!
The back border which separates the garden from the woodland is a quiet interlude, flower wise, but the shrubs all contrast with each other. The yellow of Philadelphus coronarius Aureus next to the blue of a Cedar bush and then the variegated laurel make the area quietly interesting, I hope!
In the woodland, another fern is showing it is happy by spreading into quite a large clump now, Adiantum venustum, it has such delicate looking fronds but is quite hardy here.
A new Heuchera in the woodland, Lemon and Lime, has beautifully coloured leaves
And another Heuchera whose name I have unfortunately forgotten. I rely on heucheras, ferns and hostas in the woodland for summer interest. Once the leaves have come on the huge trees, there are not many flowers that will be out after the spring bonanza, until the autumn.
Rheum palmatum is emerging in the bog garden, the leaves will end up quite huge and by the summer will be green. This contrasts with the hostas, ferns and iris that are nearby.
The Shuttlecock fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris is spreading, will have to keep an eye on it, especially in the bog garden where it is rampaging through everything else! Looks so delicate and innocent at the moment, don’t be fooled!
Climbing up the house wall is Actinidia kolomikta, cousin of the kiwi fruit. Splashes of white start first and are joined later by splashes of pink, it ends up a kaleidoscope of green, pink and white.
Foliage never ceases to amaze me with all its different colours, shapes and textures, plants are so fantastic the way they have all developed so differently, to do the same job, that of feeding the plant by photosynthesis.
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