GBFD: Hairy Beasties

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.

DSCN1754The 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.


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14 Responses to GBFD: Hairy Beasties

  1. Christina says:

    Thank you for joining in this month Cathy. I love your ferns, they are so special just as they unfurl. Well done on planting out your peas and broad beans I never get mine out early enough either, I am on the point of saying I won’t even try next year. Christina

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – and I too have got to the point in previous years of thinking that the veg sowing is not worth the effort. Glad I didn’t though!

  2. I love seeing the ferns appear like this. It’s amazing just how quickly all those gaps fill in isn’t it? My garden is at a pretty similar stage. The heat this last week has really brought things on!

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Angie – yes, they have all come in a rush, haven’t they, particularly things like the geraniums and astrantias. A bit of rain would help them even more 😉

  3. croftgarden says:

    Luscious and green. Must be the hungry gap I’m wondering whether to try fiddle heads in butter or steamed hosta shoots! No hope of a pea shoot yet we’re still shivering!

    • Cathy says:

      I was amazed when I Googled ‘fiddle heads’ and found that they are picked on a commercial basis – have you ever tried them? Or hosta shoots? They certainly both look luscious, as you say – although no hosta shoots here yet. I’m sure you need more than greeenery to build you up again, though 😉

      • croftgarden says:

        All this came from a conversation with my Food & Foraging Hebrides on Sunday about new vegetables to grow. Not sure about Hostas but fiddle heads may have potential.

  4. Holleygarden says:

    The ferns are fabulous! All their ‘hairs’ make me smile! Your vegetable plantings look great, too.

  5. Anna says:

    Some fabulous foliage Cathy. Newly emerging ferns almost look as if they could be baby alien creatures – friendly ones of course. Well done on the early start with your veg.

  6. It’s actually quite amazing how often my clients desire a garden which flowers all year round, never sparing a thought for foliage which is of paramount importance. Having mainly flowers is probably quite dizzying, the eye can’t rest.

    • Cathy says:
        That’s an interesting observation, Annette, and I suspect it takes a different kind of relationship with a garden to appreciate the importance of foliage. I know I have been very much more aware of it since I retired and have more time to ramble round the garden and observe things more often and in more detail. I have visions of your clients’ gardens looking like the pictures in seed and plant catalogues if they could have their way – but I am sure you gently bring them round to something rather more balanced 😉

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