Before focusing on foliage, I would like to thank everyone who commented on my blogging anniversary post – I took the decision not to reply individually as you were all saying such complementary things and I just accepted them graciously, the point inherently being proved about how supportive our blogging community is.
Today, the 22nd of the month, we are invited by Christina of My Hesperides Garden to look at the foliage in our gardens, so following on from my recent foliage posts I am looking at just one particular aspect which for this month is new foliage. I never cease to be amazed by the new foliage on roses (above) – all of mine seem to start out pink as the leaves unfold before greening up and leaving just distinctively pink serrated outer edges and veins underneath the leaves. Do these turn green too in due course? That’s an observation to be made in the future.
That pinkness seems to occur in the fresh foliage of many plants – who could not admire the expectant shoots of this dicentra (sorry, it’s ‘new’ name does not yet trip off my tongue) and the first signs of Campanula ‘Sarastro’ are definitely rhubarb coloured too, something I have not noticed before:
Many honeysuckles (left) seem to start out with a bit of a blush too, and when you consider the usual almost metallic grey foliage of Artemisia lactifola it is particularly odd to see the colour of the same foliage early in the year:
I especially enjoy the easy recognition of leaf shape on fresh foliage, even as soon as the first true leaves appear on seedlings – like the molucella, malva, tagetes and hellebore seedlings in the greenhouse:
Perfect miniatures of full grown leaves, as I also found outside today on Astrantia ‘Roma’, Aquilegia ‘Green Apples’ and tiny candelabra primulas – I was particularly pleased to see the latter as they were grown from seed last year, planted out in the autumn and had duly disappeared!
At this time of year I will have been watching out for the first signs of wood anemones emerging in the woodland for a couple of weeks – they tend to be so well camouflaged that they often take my by surprise, but they are certainly here now, in their hundreds. Fortunately, holly seedlings like the one shown in the second picture are not nearly as numerous!
I have today planted out the rest of the Poppy ‘Swansdown’ (left) grown from seed, and have been admiring that crinkly scrunched up foliage for a number of weeks – if the slugs find them now they won’t be admiring them for that long as they could disappear overnight (the poppies that is and not, despite wishful thinking, the slugs!). Equally worthy of admiration is the fresh foliage on all the early clematis, regular recent inspections having been made on the lookout for buds on the alpinas, many new last year and flowering eagerly anticipated – this one is Clematis alpina ‘Rosy Pagoda’:There are already signs of activity in the buds on trees and shrubs so perhaps this will be a focus for next month, as spring will definitely be in full flow then. In the meantime do visit Christina’s blog to see her foliage this month and find links to foliage posts in other blogger’s gardens too.