Once again the country is either covered in snow or flooded, sounds as if last year is carrying on where it left off! We are in the southern part of the country which is flooded once more. I daren’t walk on the garden to take photos for GBFD so have had to make do with what I could get from round the house, the drive and the greenhouse. First I have the tin bath that I planted up last year with tulips, if I had put them in the ground they would certainly have rotted away by now. The leaves are telling me that all is well underneath and I can look forward to a nice display in maybe a months time.
Down at the end of the drive is Buddleja globosa which will flower soon. Unlike the other buddlejas that have already been pruned back, this one flowers on wood produced the previous year, so gets cut back as soon as it has finished flowering.
I think this clump of Arum italicum marmoratum gets photographed more than any other, I pass it every day going to the greenhouse and it always looks so lovely.
Carex oshimensis Evergold might only be small but it packs a punch all year round. We have it here edging the path behind the greenhouse.
Growing over the lower part of the greenhouse (wood) is Hedera helix glacier, I hope it adds extra insulation to the greenhouse which isn’t heated in the winter.
Everywhere all over the garden the day lilies, Hemerocallis, are shooting up, promise of things to come in the summer. At the moment the foliage is such a lovely fresh green.
The fresh new foliage of Rosa Shropshire Lad is such a wonderful colour at the moment, along with all the other rose foliage in the front garden.
A Spirea on the drive will soon be in flower.
You will see more and more of Paeonia Mlokosewitschii as time goes by, she is wonderful at all stages of her development.
All the different Geraniums are popping up all over the garden at the moment, this one is in the Bee and Butterfly border by the drive.
Also in the Bee and Butterfly border are a few Oriental Poppies.
Under the kitchen window, the hydrangea is putting out new shoots, as are all the others in the garden. Behind the hydrangea is a Cotoneaster horizontalis which is also putting out lots of leaves at the moment.
This little golden leaved Campanula is on the alpine scree, looking like a bit of sunshine which we need at the moment! How long is it since we saw any, it must be weeks now!!
Fatshedera lizei Variegata is tucked away round the back of the house, in a shady spot. This doesn’t climb like an ivy, it just forms a loose shrub.
A general view of the side border at the back which forms the boundary with our next door neighbour. This is all foliage at the moment but most of the shrubs flower at different times during the summer.
Seedlings of Meconopsis Lingholm, in the greenhouse, growing from seed saved from my plants last year. I’m just waiting for my next pair of leaves to appear, then they will be pricked out into plug trays.
Also in the greenhouse are some Primula seedlings, again saved from my plants last year. These are further on than the meconopsis because they were sown straight away when still green, as per Carol Klein’s instructions, and it works, you get a larger plant much quicker. When it eventually stops raining, these can go straight into the garden.
That’s all the foliage I can show you this time, not too bad considering I couldn’t get onto the grass, it is like a swamp! It was a case of a waterproof hat and coat, along with the wellies, to venture into the garden to take these photos, all the plants look dripping wet just as I was! All the fields near Exeter are flooded once more and last night, coming home, the road between us and the airport was just like a river again. Many thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting GBFD once more, do go to her site to see interesting foliage from around the world.