Whilst rambling about all the blooms that have been delighting me in the garden I have inevitably also been aware of the luscious and often fascinating foliage that has accompanied them. Ferns throughout the garden have been turning brown as the old fronds die back, leaving fresh new growth to unfurl in its own idiosyncratic way – Nature is as fascinating as ever, and a multitude of new clumps in varying shades of greenness have been reappearing from their winter hibernation. Unfortunately this applies to weeds as well as to more welcome residents but I am hopeful that this year, without the same degree of structural changes being made to the garden, that removing the unwanted intruders is something I will be able to keep on top of.
The dicentras in the main herbaceous border and the blue and white border are often the earliest of the perennials to reappear, their new foliage looking more tender than it probably is. This clump is a bog-standard pink variety, seen here with a pristine clump of astrantia leaves behind it. I have a number of different varieties of astrantia, mostly named but now label-less, and as with hardy geraniums like G. ‘Dragon Heart’ (shown here next to the bronze foliage of Polemonium ‘Yezoense Purple Rain’) they are totally dependable.
Accentuating the hellebore flowers which dominate the woodland edge border are their fresh new leaves which unfold neatly to frame the flowers that still stand tall and stately as some of the flower heads begin to fade. They are joined by an increasing number of woodland edge bedfellows, including another clump of Arum italicum ’Marmoratum’:
I am grateful to Christina for hosting this foliage day link – as she says in her post today ‘There may be masses of blooms but the foliage is what holds it all together’ and posting a link like this encourages all of us who participate to look more closely at our own gardens, as well as allowing us to see foliage in other gardens across the world. Do go and have a look, and I am sure there will be greenery to admire from edible as well as ornamental plants, like this broad bean ‘Aquadulce’ and pea ‘Meteor’, probably the first ever examples of my having sown vegetables from seed and getting them planted out by mid April.