March Foliage: Not Like This, Fortunately!

IMG_1665I am a day late contributing my post to Christina’s Garden Bloggers Foliage meme, although she has not yet been known to wrap anyone’s knuckles for this – do have a look at her blog to see what foliage is featured in other people’s gardens at this time of the month.

We travelled through snow covered forest and field for some of our journey back from my Mum’s yesterday – freshly fallen during the night, we think – and got home in time for a leisurely ramble round the garden before it got dark. There had been both rain and sun in our absence, but not so much of the former that new growth was damaged or of the latter that seedlings in the greenhouse shrivelled – so all was well. Closer inspection today revealed all the fresh shoots that have revelled in the generally milder temperatures this spring and are racing ahead in their eagerness to show their true colours.

Who would not be delighted to see (top to bottom, left to right) Aquilegia ‘Purple Emperor’, Phlox paniculata ‘Rembrandt’, vibrant growth on a geranium and monkshood, Phlox ‘Pink Eye Flame’, Dicentra alba, Dicentra spectabilis, paeony, echinops and early foliage on Hamamelis ‘Zucchariniana’? All fabulous!

GBFDMarch14.1But then there is the form and colour of foliage too, as ably demonstrated by Acer ‘Orange Dream’, Tulip greigii ‘Fur Elise’ and Artemisia lactiflora, the latter finally having been confirmed by a lost label that had gone walkabout – beautiful, aren’t they?

GBFDMarch14.1 And the last few months have really confirmed the benefits of cornus in the garden – my plants may only be small, but their stems have been beautiful over winter and now the emerging leaves add further weight to that favourable impression. Here the bright green leaves of  Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ contrast with the red stems but link perfectly with the lime green stems of C. sericea ‘Flaviramea’ in the adjacent pot, whilst the multicoloured flames of C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ can be seen in both stem and leaves. Finally, am I alone in being totally enamoured by the cabbagey form of Primula denticulata?!

GBFDMarch14.3Thanks, Christina, for encouraging us to look at more than just blooms in our garden!

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14 Responses to March Foliage: Not Like This, Fortunately!

  1. Christina says:

    Thanks for joining in again this month Cathy, I love that first image of Aquilegia ‘Purple Emperor’, what pretty foliage, I’m not sure what the flower will add to this but I will look forward to seeing it soon. I will look out for Artemisia lactiflora too, that looks lovely.

  2. Chloris says:

    The lovely new foliage is a particular joy at this time of the year. The best for me are the lovely, unfolding leaves of the Acers and the red Peony foliage and buds so full of promise.

  3. Ben @ QGS says:

    Beautiful pictures, I’m feeling inspired – that ‘Orange Dream’ is stunning

    • Cathy says:

      For some reason you were loitering in my spam along with some unsavoury characters! I bought an offer of 4 acers last year and although they are small they have potential – and it’s the first time I have wrapped any pots in bubblewrap over the winter! Too early to see if I have a favourite amongst them 😉

  4. Pauline says:

    Glad you are safely home once more, we too had snow but it didn’t last very long, it melted as soon as the sun came out! New foliage is so spectacular at this time of year, your tulips and acer are beautiful and yes, I love Primula denticulata too.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh – you had snow too?! I hadn’t heard that it had been anywhere further south. This stretch was between Dalmally and Crianlarich but there was snow on all the peaks and on some in the Lake District, but we didn’t pass any in lower lying areas. Aren’t we lucky having lovely foliage to enjoy in our gardens?

  5. Liz says:

    Hi Cahty,

    Snow??/ Hrm, must’ve been on high ground? Let’s hope it doesn’t make its way south or to lower levels!

    lovely to see so much going on in the garden isn’t it? I simply love the new foliage on Aquilegias and always take far too many photos of their fresh pinky leaves – somehow they’re cute, similar to Sedum which I also find to be ‘cute’?? I’m strange, I know.
    I don’t have any monkshood growth yet, I’m a little concerned now seeing how far along yours are. Hopefully they will pop up soon enough as it’ll be a massive shame if I’ve lost them

    • Cathy says:

      You’re OK Liz, this the Grampians in Scotland and although we passed through a snow shower it seemed to have been an overnight one-off (but remember the snow this time last year?!!). The way raindrops collect on new foliage like aquilegia is wonderful, isn’t it? This monkshood has always been very forward – no variety name though – and such a beautiful fresh green, so I hope yours is still around

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Delightful Cathy. Your garden is making great strides. I really must try again to grow monkshood.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks! I can’t remember buying my monkshood so when I noticed it a couple of years ago I had no idea what it was – but another blogger recognised it!

  7. Annette says:

    Snow? Crikey, how awful! Bit funny the weather at the moment but it’s supposed to get warmer towards the end of the week. The Artemisia and Acer foliage are especially nice.

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