While taking a long look at the garden yesterday, it wasn’t the flowers that grabbed my attention, but the beautiful, delicate leaves that are all unfurling from their cases. There are so many different shades of green as well as the purples, golds, creams, blues and silvers.
The view looking across the back lawn towards the woodland is one of my favourites. The dark foliage of the Japanese azalea in the foreground contrasts so well with the frothiness of the new foliage in the background.
Looking towards the gravel area at the back, at the bottom left is a dwarf berberis, above is Eucalyptus gunnii, behind the bench is Leylandii and at the top right hand corner is Pittosporum Irene Patterson. Next to the bench is Euphorbia mellifera with a Chusan palm in front. I’m a bit worried about the palm, it is looking rather yellow, it should be a nice green, I’m wondering if it didn’t like our winter.
Looking from the woodland back towards the house, the airy delicate foliage of the silver birch contrasts with everything around it, the spiky Yucca, the azalea and all the shrubs in the background.
Round to the front where Neil, my gardener, clipped the Lonicera hedge and Lonicera Bagessens Gold yesterday. These form a contrast with the new foliage on the roses on the left, the Mahonia behind and the purple berberis.
Here the box balls in the rose garden are framed at the top by the new foliage of the oak/copper beech hybrid.
Still framed by the oak/copper beech hybrid, but this time with Euonymous Emerald and Gold on the right.
Bark also plays its part. Here there is Betula jackmontii by the driveway, contrasting with the Pyracantha behind it.
Looking across the rose garden with Mahonia Charity in the background and Euonymous Emerald Gaity on the right.
From the backdoor, the variegated box links across the lawn to the conifer, which is in front of the Viburnum plicatum Maresii. Behind them all is my Amelanchier lamarckii with hardly any flowers but lots of lovely new leaves.
Foliage has such a lot to offer the gardener, colour, shape and texture have a big part to play and keep the interest going while the flowers are having a rest. Even now , when the flowers are flowering on all cylinders, the foliage still makes it’s presence felt, especially when highlighted by the spring sunshine.
Apologies to anyone who has been trying to contact me, another blip in the ether meant I was unable to access my blog for about 4 days, hopefully all is back to normal now.