Late August Garden Bloggers Foliage Day

CIMG2038Having 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:

GBFD.Aug13.4In 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:

GBFD.Aug13.1Surely 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:

GBFD.Aug13.2Amidst 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’.

GBFD.Aug13.5CIMG2046The hairy soft leaves of Luzula nivea demand to be admired and stroked every time I walk past the ex-Devil’s Plant bed near the back door and, the bed being at hand height, I am happy to oblige.

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)

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6 Responses to Late August Garden Bloggers Foliage Day

  1. Christina says:

    You have a great selection of foliage plants and plants that have good foliage (which isn’t necessarily the same thing. Thanks for joining in again this month Cathy, I am very envious of how your courgettes look having just spend 30 minutes cutting out the brown crisp leaves of many of mine. But they are producing well so I’m not really complaining.

  2. Pauline says:

    Lots of lovely foliage Cathy, especially your hostas in their pots, they look really good. Heucheras seem so reliable don’t they, I love their frilly leaves. My courgettes too have some leaves with silver markings, I always thought it was mildew, maybe not!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline. I read an article earlier in the year about rejuvenating heucheras that have gone leggy but I can’t remember where it was – some never seem to do this though and are always reliable, as you say. I don’t think this silver is mildew as the leaves are perfectly healthy – another question for Google methinks!

  3. Very healthy looking foliage, which sometimes this late in the year doesn’t always look at it’s best.
    Love the grouping of your Hostas Cathy – they make a lovely statement where your placed them.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Angie – the hosta arrangement was a spontaneous thing when I was rationalising various empty pots and then I added to it. They do look even better grouped together, don’t they?

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