Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Just Freshening Up

Around the 22nd of each month Christina of My Hesperides Garden encourages us to notice the foliage in our garden rather than the blooms, and indeed it was this meme that made me really begin to appreciate the benefits of foliage, something I had probably rather taken for granted up to then. Do take a look at her blog to see her foliage and follow links to foliage in other bloggers’ gardens.

Here in the UK Midlands where new growth is emerging every day, one of the most noticeable changes is a change in the trees – as if Nature is there with her paintbrush, freshening everything up with a new coat of paint, chosen from a selection of shades of green. By next month the garden will be closing in, shortening all the vistas and enveloping all who ramble through it in one big green hug – what’s not to like?

So here in the woodland we have field maple…

IMG_7134wild cherry…

IMG_7135and silver birch….

IMG_7136whilst elsewhere dormant leaf buds on all the witch hazels (including Hamamelis ‘Zuccariniana’ which has not flowered for two years) are opening up….

IMG_7132Fruiting trees provide the double whammy of leaves and swelling flower buds, like apple…

IMG_7127crab apples Golden Hornet, Royalty and Evereste…

IMG_7128 IMG_7129 IMG_7137damson Shropshire Prune…

IMG_7133and the ‘pink hawthorn’ that is smothered in flower buds for the first time ever, definitely something to look forward to…

IMG_7139Thank you Christina for hosting this meme – I have enjoyed checking up on my trees today!

 

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15 Responses to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: Just Freshening Up

  1. Kalamain says:

    My garden used to be JUST foliage with very little actual flowers. That all stopped when the wife complained that there was too little colour. B-)

    Leaves, foliage and even the wood itself can make a huge impact on a garden… It’s not just about the flowers!

  2. I like the idea of a garden ‘hug’! What a good way to describe how it feels to be enveloped by generous planting.

  3. Anna says:

    Kate has just beaten me to it with her comment about that “one big green hug”. A most pleasing image Cathy. The foliage of ‘Royalty’ is most striking.

  4. Love that light fresh green in the first few pics.

  5. Amy Myers says:

    What a glorious lot of green, Cathy! I love the idea of the paintbrush — all the more so since those colours shift and change through the days, as though nature were adding a touch here and there all the time… 😉

  6. Christina says:

    When the trees first come into leaf, you know that the season really has changed. I love lime trees, especially their new foliage and their flowers of course. Thanks for your contribution this month Cathy; it is always a pleasure to ramble with you around your garden and discover something new, I don’t think you’ve mentioned the lime before!

    • Cathy says:

      So true – and it seems to happen so quickly, doesn’t it…? Sadly the picture I showed wasn’t the lime, but a field maple! Must go back and change it on the blog 😉 I planted about half a dozen silver birches and 2 or 3 each of small leaved lime and field maples to make the woodland in 2000 – gosh, 16 years ago!

  7. Pauline says:

    Lovely to see all those beautiful leaves on your trees, a sure sign that things are warming up! I do love it when the trees are green again after the browns and greys of winter.

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