Foliage day seems to have come round again so soon, so in a break from the rain (on the 18th of this month) I photographed as much as I could, starting with one of my favourites, Rosa glauca which is contrasting with its neighbour, Cotinus.
The foliage round the ditch between the back garden and the woodland. Hadn’t realised until I looked at the photograph, just how many different sorts of foliage were in this area. Pulmonaria, 2 sorts of ferns, astilbe and Bowles golden grass.
The tall, dusky pink, flowered Lamium orvala is on the other side of the bridge into the woodland, keeping company with a couple of ferns and a heuchera.
Contrasting with Hosta Krossa Regal are various astilbe. This is almost astilbe flowering time, so for now we just enjoy the lovely foliage in the bog garden.
Aeonium schwarzkopf is growing bigger by the day. In a fairly large pot, this is something else that has enjoyed all our rain!
Borrowed foliage is sometimes better than the original. The flowers this hydrangea look really good with the foliage of the purple berberis next to it.
Even though the hostas are flowering at the moment, the foliage still looks good, my blackbirds and thrushes are doing a good job!
At the far end of the bog garden, the purple leaved Lobelia Queen Victoria is managing to survive in spite of the slugs, why aren’t my army of helpers working here! It has flopped into the rheum palmatum but they form a nice contrast. Hope it survives to flower!
Astilbes, ferns and alchemilla mollis, joining the hosta in the bog garden.
A shot of the pond area, where is the pond I hear you cry, somewhere behind Lucifer and in front of Miscanthus sinensis Variegata! Everything has exploded and is at least twice the size they should be. At the back right is a Ligularia, back left Sambucus Black Lace, yellow flowers belong to a Mimulus which has gone mad and in the foreground left is Acanthus mollis. I don’t need to mention Crocosmia Lucifer do I?!
Miscanthus sinensis malepartus cascades like a fountain and contrasts with Hypericum prolificum next to it and Alchemilla mollis at its feet. This grass has the most wonderful purple flowers and then turns a beautiful yellow in the autumn.
Brunnera Jack Frost still looking good and the leaves are twice the size they normally are.
Growing in almost nothing on top of the bridge into the woodland is Mileum effusum Aureum with pale golden leaves, they show up nicely in the shade of the woodland.
A branch of the purple smoke bush, Cotinus, has joined company with Euonymous which is climbing the fence next door.
All the rain that we have had to put up with has meant that the foliage in the garden is big and fresh and looking very healthy. The jet stream that has been holding the nice warm weather at bay has now moved much further north and summer started yesterday! We now have blue skies with hot sunshine and the temperatures are soaring!!