Once again it is the 22nd of the month and time for Foliage Day hosted by Christina. Things are stirring in the garden apart from all the lovely little bulbs that are flowering at the moment. The foliage on shrubs is starting to burst forth as well as the foliage for bulbs that flower later in the year. This is a time of hope and the promise of things to come – weather permitting!
Lush bright green foliage of Hemerocallis is showing in most of the borders, such a lovely shade of green.
The first buds have burst open on the Philadelphus coronarius Aurea, showing promise of the wonderful perfume that will come in May/June.
Lovely spotted foliage of Pulmonaria longifolium which has such bright blue flowers.
The marbled leaves of Arum italicum marmoratum always look so elegant.
Ground cover of Cyclamen hederifolium, all thanks to the ants for spreading the seed.
Pulmonaria with almost all silver leaves.
Not to be out done, Cyclamen hederifolium also with almost all silver leaves.
Another month and these will be holding Fritillaria meleagris flowers – Snakeshead Fritillaries.
Variegated Euphorbia in a pot in the gravel area at the back.
Young Eucalyptus gunnii foliage looking ever so pretty.
Foliage on the alpine scree telling me that soon there will be lots of very bright blue flowers of Scilla siberica.
Foliage is also coming through on the scree of the tiny dwarf Iris that were newly planted last year. I’m always glad when plants show me that they have survived the winter.
New growth on all the Allium bulbs mean that May is going to be a colourful month.
Fresh Colchicum foliage marking the spot where there will be flowers in 6 months time!
And lastly, all the roses have started sprouting which means lots of colour and perfume through the summer.
So yes, fresh foliage now promises flowers, perfume and colour right through the year until the frosts start again in the autumn, no wonder it is so welcome in the garden in February!
Do pop over to Christina at My Hesperides Garden where we can enjoy foliage from around the world.