After colourful glimpses yesterday it seemed only fair to feature some of the leafier emergences which have also brought great joy in recent days. Lots of species tulips are pushing their way up and some activity has been noted amongst the resting herbaceous perennials, spring presumably having sent out a ‘be prepared’ message – they certainly couldn’t have asked for a better start than these mild damp days, and yet there will almost inevitably still be touches of frost before the threat of winter is over for another year.
With February’s Garden Bloggers Foliage Day coming up tomorrow I could have left some of these emergences till then, but there will be plenty more foliage to share including something I think is a real stunner. For today then we have, firstly, Tulip ‘Fur Elise’ – not a species tulip but a dwarf greigii variety and not one I would choose for myself as I tend to think the large leaves overshadow the flowers, but this was a present and indeed both the leaves with their veining and the flowers, a creamy coral pink, are indeed very beautiful. Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’ is one of the unspotted pulmonarias with clear blue flowers and below it is Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’, the emerging shoots blanched by a covering of leaves which had been recently removed. The aquilegia shown bottom left is ‘Green Apples’, grown from seed last year and therefore something to be excited about – my best success story from a very mixed experience of seed sowing in 2013 and I eagerly await the first flowers!