Wandering round the garden yesterday looking for interesting foliage, I had hoped to find lots of new shoots. Unfortunately not, all our cold weather must have made the plants decide that it wasn’t time to put out new shoots yet.
The only new leaves I could find were on the Osmanthus by the front door.
Paeony mlokosewitschii has been at this stage for a couple of months now, it obviously doesn’t think it is warm enough to grow any further at the moment.
Box balls form a bit of formality near the house.
Pittosporum Tom Thumb not showing any new shoots yet, they will be bright green when they do appear.
This is the new area in the woodland which I planted up last year. The honesty at the back and the white foxgloves in front have grown nicely, will they flower this year, maybe or I might have to wait another year.
More and more Fritillaria meleagris, snakeshead fritillaries, are popping up where the woodland floor is slightly lower and therefore stays damp for far longer than the rest. Just another month and I will be on guard duty, pheasants beware!
The Libertia near to the back door is putting up more shoots each year. Is it L. formosa or ixioides, its name escapes me for now.
Colchicum foliage is reminding me where there will be lots of lovely flowers in the autumn.
This used to be Stipa arundinacea, the pheasant tail grass, I’m afraid I can’t remember what its new name is. This is spreading its seed just a bit too far, but the plants are very easy to remove.
It is now time to be cutting back lots of plants. A shame to cut off all the new growth from Buddlias, but they do benefit from a good haircut.
I’m so glad I took the previous photos yesterday as today it is pouring down. The gravel area at the back is nearly all evergreens which I brighten up in the summer with pots of tender plants. From the left we have a senecio, with Euonymus Emerald and Gold behind, then the remnants of a phormium next to Euphorbia mellifera and Pittosporum Irene Paterson. In front is the rug of Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens and on the right is Phormium Yellow Wave. It was raining so hard that I took this photo today from inside the conservatory, I think the rain is set in for the day so no gardening will be done, a day of rest for both of us!
Thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting this meme once more so that we can see lots of different foliage around the world., please pay her a visit.