Normally the foliage in the garden is so easy to see, so there is no problem when it comes to photographing leaves for GBFD hosted by Christina. This time though, it is flowers, flowers and even more flowers, I have had to go searching for foliage that could be thought a bit interesting.
Crocosmia Lucifer, by the pond, is just about to flower, but at the moment I enjoy seeing the sun shining through the sword shaped leaves, once the bright red flowers come, he just shouts for attention.
Acanthus mollis is on the other side of the gate to the pond area, and is amazing this year. It didn’t collapse into a heap in the winter as it usually does, so much rain and virtually no frost saw to that. The leaves are far larger than normal and as for the flowers spikes, we have never had so many before, at the moment I can count 20 flower spikes, I think this will definitely feature in Bloom Day in July! Behind with the purple leaves and the pink flowers is Sambucus Black Lace. To the left is Rosa New Dawn.
I can’t resist photographing them when the early morning sun shines through the Acanthus leaves.
At the side of the garden by the field is the Cardoon that I rescued a couple of years ago. The hedge by the fence had grown forward so much, there was no sign of the cardoon until I cut the conifer right back, there it was, a poor, sickly, spindly looking thing. Now it has filled out and is as tall as me once more.
In the shady part of the rockery which is behind the alpine scree, the ferns and heuchera are thriving. Two Japanese painted ferns and a tatting fern, Athyrium filix-femina Frizelliae. What a big name for a little fern!
Just by the bridge, into the woodland is a Hart’s Tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium Crispum speciosum Moly. This one catches the light and shadows form in all the ruffles making it look like an Elizabethan ruff. With it is Heuchera Rachel, which I had to plant as our daughter is Rachael too.
In the back garden is the beautiful Rosa glauca which appeared in GBBD last week with its lovely simple flowers. Now though it is the glaucus foliage which contrasts with the Cotinus next to it.
Also in the back garden is a golden Heather, sorry about the crisp fern fronds, they have now disappeared! This forms a nice contrast when the campanula is flowering.
In the foreground is Bowles Golden Sedge beside the pond, over the other side of the pond is Iris laevigata variegata and behind that I can see the huge leaves of Lysichiton which flowered earlier in the year.
I think I almost lost Persicaria Red Dragon last winter with all the rain, at one time it was just sitting in water where I don’t think it was very happy, time to move it I think so that it won’t happen again.
Hosta, Alchemilla mollis, ferns,and astilbe making I think a pleasing combination.
Another hosta that the slugs and snails have left alone, thank goodness!
Last week it was the flowers that were important on the Zantedeschia aethiopica, this week it is the leaves. The flowers are huge and so are the leaves, well over 12 inches from stalk to tip. The flowers in front are from Primula florindae, yes, we are in the bog garden again!
Last foliage day, the leaves of this Rogersia were a beautiful burnished bronze, but have now turned green. This is the first time that this plant is flowering, after about 10 years, I think it needed all the rain that we had last winter!
Hosta Halcyon getting bigger and better as the years go by.
Still holding onto the colours of the fronds when they come through is a lovely fern, which is I think Dryopteris erythrosora. This is in the Sunset bed because of the colour of the new fronds.
Lastly, we have Stipa arundinacea in front of the large leaves of Darmera peltata which are behind the alpine scree. The Stipa seeds around quite a bit but they are quite easy to edit if there are too many!
June is such a wonderful month for flowers, the foliage often gets overlooked, but thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden we have to focus on leaves for a change. Do pay her a visit and see the foliage from around the world.