One of the joys of this time of year is watching new foliage emerge, and one of the pleasures of discovery is being able to recognise a plant often just from the first true leaves emerging from a seed tray, as in the case of these Californian poppies and marigolds:
Some ae not as welcome as others, like the numerous holly (below right) and hazel seedlings that appear around the garden, but seeing the first sign of wood anemones (below left) pushing through the woodland floor is always exciting:
In the borders (clockwise from top left) dicentra (now lamprocapnos), geranium, columbine and astrantia of various types are always the first to appear and will soon clothe the borders with lovely fresh clumps of foliage:
My favourite fresh foliage, I think, is that of aconitum. The established clump shown at the top of the post, a lost-label white variety is already around 18″ or 45cms across, and having bought some bare root varieties from Peter Nyssen last year there are now several smaller clumps appearing too. They spent last year settling in, so I am hoping for blooms to accompany the foliage later this season.
I am linking this post to Christina’s Garden Bloggers Foliage Day meme, which she hosts around the 22nd of each month. Thanks to her we can we find links to foliage posts from a range of gardens and for many of us it is this meme that has made us appreciate the benefits of foliage far more than we ever did before.