My garden is telling me that spring is definitely with us. The birds are singing, choosing their mates, nest building with all the bits that I haven’t got round to tidying and sporting their wonderfully coloured plumage. There is frogspawn in the pond at last, it is so late this year, and at last there is new growth on most of the trees and shrubs – just in time for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day with Christina.
This is the gravel garden at the back, looking across the lawn to the archway into the woodland. All the foliage you can see is with us all winter, making sure that the garden isn’t totally bare.
The Chaenomeles by the back door is now sprouting. We are so used to seeing the flowers of this plant, it is still flowering away, but this time it is the foliage which has to be photographed.
Paeoni mlockosewitschii is stirring behind the Hellebore, the outer casing of the stems and flowers is just the same colour as the outer petals on the Hellebore. This was a happy accident, when I planted the Hellebore I forgot all about the peony behind as there wasn’t anything showing at the time!
The new growth on all the buddlias is racing away, I think I just have a couple more to cut back, I must try and get them done today.
Forget me nots are everywhere, it won’t be long before they are a mass of blue flowers.
I still haven’t sorted my grasses out, I said last month that I must edit the number on the rockery and they are all still there, maybe by next month I will have done it!
I have little seedling plants of my wild Primroses in quite a few areas of the woodland and the front border. While driving along our country lanes we are treated to the wonderful sight of primroses covering the banks and verges, which got me thinking. I have the banks to the ditch between the back garden and the woodland with quite a few plants in them, but how much nicer it would be if the sides were covered with primroses as well, like they are in the lanes. If I plant them all at the top of the banks, they will then be able to seed downhill without any extra effort from me!
The pheasant is still on guard duty and doing his job very well as so far I can’t see any damage to the flower buds which are forming at the moment. All the messy grass like leaves are the snakeshead fritillaries which will be flowering soon, maybe within a week, fingers crossed!
Not foliage I know, but I couldn’t resist showing you my first Fritillaria meleagris of 2015!
Even the foliage of the snowdrops which have finished flowering are still adding their presence to the garden with their lovely silvery leaves, these are from G. Little John.
It is almost time to clip the Box Ginger Jar, it is getting far too big and will need a severe haircut. It is also time to remove the old stems from the Stipa gigantea, usually these have been tumbled by the winter gales, but this year they are still quite presentable.
The furry, silver foliage of Verbascum pops up in various places throughout the garden, most are allowed to stay but if any are in completely the wrong place they are very easy to pull out.
All foliage in the rose garden between the house and garage, but I hope still interesting with a contrast of colour, shape and texture.
Lots of new growth on all the groups of Colchicum in the garden, they multiply every year so more get moved to new places.
Also lots of new growth on all the clumps of Hemerocallis.
All the Allium giganteum foliage is growing more each day, I can almost see it growing.
Tree peony foliage is so beautiful at the moment, it will turn more green as time goes by, but at the moment it is a build up to the gorgeous flowers that will come later.
The cardoon foliage gets better each year, thank goodness I cut the hedge back and managed to save it from oblivion!
I will leave you with a photo of the frogspawn that has turned up at last, but I really should have cleared the old foliage out of the pond, I don’t think I can do it now without disturbing the adult frogs which stay to make sure that all their babies are ok. Maybe I could clear it all except for the bits that are round the frogspawn.
I have enjoyed wandering round the garden looking for nice new foliage in the sunshine and with the birds singing, I feel that there is no better place to be than in a garden on a day like today. Many thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for encouraging us to look more closely at the foliage in our gardens.