Having been completely oblivious of dates this week I am late again with my foliage themed post for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, kindly hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden. Click on the link for further links to August foliage in lots of different gardens. The above picture shows the astoundingly healthy foliage of courgettes and squash, crammed into a small section because I couldn’t bear to throw any plants away but still looking as if they have been given every care and attention that they might ever have needed, which they haven’t! Can anyone explain why some courgette leaves have those pretty silver markings?
The silvery markings on pulmonaria are so recognisable and at this time of year their new foliage is lush and plentiful – I love them as much like this as when they are in flower, and also have an abundance of affection for ferns in all stages of their growth, like the developing spores on the reverse of this Hart’s Tongue fern:
In the blue and white border the Ceratostigma plumbaginoides has kept itself hidden until recently but is now emerging and immediately taking off its green waistcoat and changing into its red, whilst the centaura next to it has redeemed the unkempt scruffiness of its post-flowering condition by throwing up a crop of beautiful fresh new leaves:
Surely no-one could fail to be delighted at the sight of clematis seedheads (and overlook the fact that they are not strictly foliage!)! Here we have C. Buckland Beauty (left) and C. General Sikorski:
Amidst the predominance of greens are several examples of pinky shades, like the soft green leaves with pink stems and leaf backs of the pretty centradenia on the left, which has failed yet to produce any equally pretty pink flowers, the faithful Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ and the burnished bronze leaves of (ahem!) Heucheralla ‘Burnished Bronze’.
And finally, although not comparable to the amazing display at the NGS garden I visited last week, I am nevertheless pleased with the progress of my more modest grouping of hostas, always on hand to feature on GBFD! (note the stray bricks which have crept into the picture, left over from The Wall project, which I am going outside to complete as soon as I have published this post)