As well as the delights of early spring flowers this time of year brings the equal but generally greener attraction of fresh growth – I was spoilt for choice as I rambled with my camera this morning, and know I will have missed lots of goodies. My current favourite foliage is this astonishingly bright example in the blue and white border, unfortunately without a label – it initially looked like delphinium but I know there are none in that bed. I am hoping it is one of my newer additions and if so I can work out what it is – or find the label! Next to it is an emerging geranium, possibly ‘Johnson’s Blue’ – having undergone big changes last year there are a lot of plants with mislaid labels in this border!New foliage has been enhancing all the roses throughout the winter, and as I pruned mine at the end of last year these new shoots (these are ‘Blush Noisette’) have the freedom to grow at will for the time being. The healthy growth on the right is Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’, which came as a postage-only offer in late autumn and as I have never yet succeeded in getting one to flower I am still optimistic for this year!In the woodland the primroses are flowering, but the wild garlic, bluebells and wood anemones are still preparing themselves to show their true colours later in the year. I haven’t split the bluebells since I planted them in 2000, and they have struggled to compete with an invasion of lamium in recent years, so I shall be interested see how they flower this season. The wood anemones are really beginning to form a nice carpet and you can see the roots on the surface of the woodland floor in this picture.Not all the foliage of note is fresh – I loved this leaf skeleton and also stopped to admire the crinkles on this Aspenium scolopendrium cristata, realising how easy it is to take evergreen foliage for granted.I love the foliage on the emerging hellebores too, and the fresh new leaves on pulmonaria – and several clematis are showing green shoots on their dried stems – but I shall admire the rest of these without you this time. Thanks to Christina for hosting this Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day – do have a look and see what’s happening in other bloggers’ gardens today.
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