GBFD for July 2017.

First of all I would like to apologise to all those of you who haven’t heard from me for a while. I seem to be having problems leaving comments of various blogs, blogs that I have commented on for years now, all of a sudden I just don’t seem to be able to leave messages any more. I will keep trying, I am reading all your posts and hope to be back in touch again soon.

We have been having torrential rain for the past few days, so today I nipped into the garden to take photos for todays foliage post, in between 2 very heavy showers. The nearest foliage plants to the house are the collection of Echeverias that are just outside the conservatory door in the gravel garden at the back of the house.

These are all in the sunny side of the garden, below are some of the plants that are in the shady side of the gravel area.

Heucheras and Heucherella.

Acer palmatum dissectum

And in the centre, the lovely blue grass that started this area off with the rug of ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens.

Sorry this has been such a rush job Christina, I’ve been waiting all day for the rain to stop or at least not be so heavy!

Thanks for hosting GBFD once more, do pay Christina a visit at My Hesperides Garden to see foliage from around the world.

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18 Responses to GBFD for July 2017.

  1. Sally says:

    Hi Pauline, Your Heuchera are amazing. You have great colors. Perfect! Mine are holey thanks to mother nature and my desire to not poison the fauna…..
    I’m having a problem leaving a comment on one blog I usually comment on….I wish I had answers to these internet issues….they can be very frustrating.
    As usual, your garden is lovely.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Sally, I think the colours go well together in the same pot. No poison is used in the garden here, there was a fourth Heuchera, a yellow one at the front, which got eaten each time it put up a shoot, eventually it gave up.

  2. Frank says:

    The foliage all looks so fresh, and the succulents are so perfect!
    I have the problems every now and then and for me it helps switching to a different browser such as Firefox… although lately knock on wood, things have been fine!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Frank, the Echeverias were looking a bit starved when they came out of the conservatory after over wintering there, but all our rain has made them nice and plump again.

  3. Kate Patel says:

    You have a lovely collection of echevera, Pauline, I paticularly like the slightly
    curly edged, grey leaved form. They must look good in the conservatory over winter too. Hope your technical problems get resolved, they can be so frustrating.

    • Pauline says:

      The echeverias do look nice in the conservatory over the winter Kate, although I’m sure they are glad to be outside in all the rain, I do keep them very dry over the winter.

  4. snowbird says:

    Some lovely plants here Pauline, the Echeverias are just lovely, I can’t get enough of them, a total

  5. Susie says:

    Hi Pauline, I love your blue bench. So inviting. Your Heucheras are always so beautiful. I somehow never realized Heucherella was a thing so had to go off and look that up. Do they grow similarly?

    • Pauline says:

      The bench was supposed to be in the sun but I prefer to sit in the shade, so it was moved a while ago.
      Heucherellas are a cross between Heucheras and Tiarellas and like the same sort of conditions fortunately.

  6. Denise says:

    Your Echeveras are lovely Pauline and I think perfectly placed close to the house. I really like the Luytens style bench and the colour you chose for it, all so nicely set off with the grasses and the urn.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Denise, the blue grass started the rethink for that area, I’m still working on it, but it should be sorted by next year.

  7. Cathy says:

    Oh that ophiopogon! 😀 It must love that spot – mine has never looked particularly good at all… 😐

    • Pauline says:

      Unimproved heavy clay, that seems to be what the Ophiopogon likes Cathy. I have moved various pieces to different areas of the garden, improved the soil, given it lovely leaf mould for its roots to explore, and it just sits there and does nothing!

  8. Jason says:

    I’ve had the same problem with WordPress – they keep putting my comments in people’s spam folders. Very annoying! I like the rainbow effect of your mix of Heucheras.

    • Pauline says:

      So glad you like the Heucheras Jason. They are such amazing plants and come in so many different colours these days, I think I need more in a pot by the front door!

  9. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Beautiful foliage! The first Echeveria/pot combination is stunning. Growing Heucheras in pots is brilliant as your gorgeous example demonstrates.

    • Pauline says:

      I like the fact that the Echeveras can look after themselves and just live on rain water! The Heucheras in the old strawberry pot have done far better than the strawberries ever did, they have come on really well with just the odd bit of watering from me. One has died though, as soon as there is any growth, something chews it off!

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