Familiar Foliage

IMG_7006One 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:

familiar.foliage2Some 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:

familiar.foliage.1In 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:

familiar.foliage3My 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.

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21 Responses to Familiar Foliage

  1. Christina says:

    Lovely to see our newly emerging friends! As you say, the first true leaves of new seedlings are especially good to see. Thanks for your kind comments regarding this meme.

  2. susurrus says:

    Just looking at the new foliage makes me feel excited!

  3. Helen Johnstone says:

    I have been doing a lot of head scratching over that last few weeks trying to guess what leaves are from

  4. It’s wonderful to see new leaves emerging at this time of year, treasured gems outweigh the weeds.

  5. Foliage is popping here too. It is an exciting time.

  6. rickii says:

    What a fun take on foliage day. I am always a little tickled with myself when I can recognize those first little sprigs coming out of the ground.

  7. Anna says:

    I don’t envy you the removal of surplus holly seedlings Cathy and hope that you have some sturdy gloves for doing so. I have a lost label white aconitum too which is looking rather appealing at the moment. It was the foliage that sold it to me at our garden club plant sale.

    • Cathy says:

      Actually I don’t think the young leaves are prickly, Anna – thankfully! I must try and ID the aconitum which will be something fairly ordinary as it was from the local garden centre

  8. Renee says:

    The green popping up is so cheerful! Spring is wonderful…

  9. I couldnt agree more, this is a lovely time in the garden. It is always a relief to know that our precious plants survived the Winter months and are pulling their way back up towards the ever strengthening sunlight. Yippee.

  10. grownbytom says:

    Lovely post full of the promise of Spring! Nothing like seeing the garden come back to life again.

  11. Chloris says:

    One of the delights of spring is looking at all the fresh new shoots. I love it.

  12. It’s such a joy! So reassuring too, to see all your little gems reappearing!

  13. There is nothing as fresh and lovely as the first Spring foliage.

  14. it is nice to see fresh foliage and new welcome seeds come through, I’ve always loved foliage and mostly buy plants because of their foliage, I do get cross sometimes when purchasing plants mail order that only the flower is shown, even when I do a general search for the foliage of a plant, still I rarely find a good photo of the foliage, yet the foliage is with us so much longer,
    you have a lot to look forward too, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      I agree with you about the lack of foliage in photos of flowering plants – and you don’t always know whether the height is of the foliage or the flower stem either

  15. Such a wonderful time of year isn’t it, all those new friends to great and old friends to welcome back. I’m always amazed at how the different micro climates show up so starkly, with lush clumps of fresh astrantia leaves in some borders and just single leaves in others.

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