Thanks to Christina for hosting the monthly bloggers Foliage Day, for which I am a day late. It is always fascinating to see the foliage featured in other gardens, so do follow the link and look round some other gardens.
Here we have four of the many heucheras in the garden, stalwart foliage producers who rise from tattiness over winter to various shade of glory in the late spring, ‘Cherry Cola’ in the top right, ‘Cassandra’ bottom left, and I am afraid I didn’t root round for the labels of the other two.
I have been a little frustrated by the resurgence of a problem with editing photos in WordPress – so they are either thumbnail, medium or large (ie too small, too middling or too large), so I apologise for the loss of detail. Further frustrations today when my camera lens stuck as I was just completing the photographs for this post; much time was taken trying to trick it into normal behaviour, and I resorted to consulting Which? and planning a new purchase. One last attempt and it rose like a phoenix, but it is not the first time this has happened so maybe its days are numbered. It allowed me, at least, to take examples of many of the hostas gracing various containers – their emergence from bare soil like this every year seems almost a miracle.
Several bloggers have showcased epimediums recently, and deservedly so because they are a mass of fresh new growth at this time of year, perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’ (top left) having such beautiful young bronze leaves that even the Golfer commented on them. Persicaria has equally reliable foliage, such as ‘Red Dragon’ bottom right and (probably) bistorta ‘Superbum’ top right, wheres the fern on the bottom left is just one of many that fill in gaps in the woodland edge border and are dotted around the rest of the garden.
Finally, clockwise from top left, Hydrangea petiolaris, the sculptural leaves of alchemilla, grass by the stream as long as the ‘Tête-à-Tête’ leaves and just some of the hardy geranium foliage that will be soon be sporting months of blooms. I say finally, but every ramble is accompanied by the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ of new discoveries and wonders of the natural world. We may still not have had much rain in recent months, but the little we had and the slight dampness in the air makes the luscious growth appear all the more green, all the more dense, all the more lovely…