GBFD: Abundance

IMG_1898The foliage focus this month has got to be the sheer abundance and exuberance of it – from the leaves on the trees to the seedlings in the greenhouse and the emerging herbaceous plants. The variation in green never ceases to amaze me, the vividly bright green of this fern being a case in point, and the blue & white borders clearly showing the contrasting shades of brunnera, centaura, geranium, aconitum, hellebore, dicentra, eryngium, echinops and more:

IMG_1884IMG_1885I have added to the pots of hostas in the sunken area recently and they have also astounded me by their almost daily growth – some are already in full leaf but all of them went from bare pots to visible growth virtually overnight:

hostasElsewhere Stachys byzantine ‘Big Ears’, Paeony ‘Sarah Bernhardt’,  acanthus and climbing rose ‘Zépherine Drouhin’ are showing great promise:

IMG_1893 IMG_1888 IMG_1889 IMG_1887Every new growth is exclaimed over whether large clump or first showing since last year, or the rejuvenated honeysuckles (below)that were cut right back when the new dividing trellis was constructed at the end of last year. I daresay I am not alone amongst northern hemisphere gardeners in enjoying this seasonal freshness, so do pop over to Christina’s blog and have a look at other foliage in gardens around the world.



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24 Responses to GBFD: Abundance

  1. I think foliage is the beauty of April. All this growth is burgeoning, prior to bursting into flower. It all seems so lush for a time. So new, and fresh! With a bit of planning, you can create amazing pictures before the border bursts into colour, which you obviously can do.

    • Cathy says:

      I think the blue and white border has made itself really – I certainly didn’t plan it look a pretty green patchwork like this ! 😉

  2. Christina says:

    Thanks for joining in again this month Cathy. Its all looking very good; I love the honeysuckle growing through the trellis, I so like the colour you’ve painted all the trellis etc in your garden.

  3. Elizabeth W says:

    Lovely post once again … it’s so good to see the fresh green growth at this time of the year. And your list of plants is like reading the wish list for my garden. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Chloris says:

    Lovely foliage and your hostas look promising. Do you use slug pellets? This is the very best time of the year for foliage. Everything is wonderful with so many shades of green.

    • Cathy says:

      They are virtually all in pots, Chloris, and slugs haven’t been a problem up to know, but if it was …. not sure, but I’ll let you know

  5. Julie says:

    What lovely foliage Cathy – worthy of a vase on their own! I love all the various shades of green at this time of year – just opening the curtains in the morning is breathtaking! I particularly enjoy driving at this time of year – the fresh greens, billowing lilacs and frothy cow parsley make everywhere so pretty.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks. The hedgerows are beginning to look lovely, aren’t they? Here in Surrey where I am visiting just now things are far more advanced – all the hawthorn is out. Is it blooming in Suffolk?

  6. AnnetteM says:

    Wonderful photographs showing all the lovely bright greens. I must try to remember to do this meme next month.

  7. Pauline says:

    This is a wonderful time of year for foliage, something new unfurling each day and so many shades of green and other colours to enjoy. I like your Acanthus and Peony foliage very much, I think we have to thank all our rain for such lush foliage!

  8. Anna says:

    Beautiful shades of green Cathy. Your blue and white border is looking most spendiferous.

  9. Annette says:

    Quite busy with exclaiming over growth these days, aren’t we?! But it’s wonderful, and I enjoy seeing your foliage as it’s so varied. In front of the house it’s mainly foliage here as well, like an intriguing tapestry and I don’t mind the lack of flowers there at all but they’re coming…have a beauftiful day, Cathy 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      We did have a nice day, Annette – I have been to Wisley with Elder Daughter! Photographs will follow in due course 😉 Perhaps the foliage is as lush every year, but it just seems lusher 😉

  10. I find myself grinning like an idiot a lot of the time at the moment as I spot yet another new spurt of growth on another plant, or find myself admiring another combination of bright fresh foliage, it is a magical time of year, and you have some magical combinations there. I particularly love the shot just above the hosta pots, proving that even different feathery foliages can create a great combination, it is easy to assume feathery should go with smooth or sharp. BTW, did you paint your trellis with a brush or did you spray it? I still haven’t painted my trellis, and it is rapidly disappearing behind a stand of alexanders!

    • Cathy says:

      Ahah – another grinning idiot! 🙂 All the fence and trellis bits have been done by brush as spraying woodwork with gaps in doesn’t seem a good idea – I would probably have tried spraying if we had any ‘solid’ fences. The first coat usually takes a bit longer particularly if the wood is rough sawn, but any further coats can be done really quickly. Pull your socks up woman and get that brush out!! (only teasing…!) 😉

  11. croftgarden says:

    Even the croft cottage is garden is showing signs of life but I don’t think I can match your verdant display, so thank you for sharing. Do you know the name of the fern?

    • Cathy says:

      Every little bit of new green is lovely though. All my ferns originally had labels when they came as tiny plants from Morrisons (supermarket) some years ago but because they have done so well most labels have been smothered by foliage or in the case of this one possibly swallowed up in the adjacent rat hole – I am pretty sure it’s the shuttlecock fern, Matteucia struthiopteris, though

  12. wellywoman says:

    I love all the new fresh growth. I think it’s why I love spring so much. Everything looks so vibrant.

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