I have to confess to enjoying frequent admiring glances at the shrub border this year, even more so now the gorgeous candelabra primulas are showing off their jewelled rosettes. I just love the mounds of foliage (and that pulmonaria mid-picture was only added last year – isn’t it wonderful?), the froth of the grasses and the different shades of green. The contours of the border and flow and like the woodland edge border it is a real tapestry, just as evident when the colour is removed and the same view is seen in black and white, as Christina demonstrated in her foliage post earlier today.
Taking a photograph as darkness begins to fall and the newish solar lights come on gives an equally engaging result, but all are a very long way from two years ago when this area was covered in grass only to be unexpectedly transformed after spontaneously liberating topsoil from our neighbour’s skip. It was following and participating in Christina’s Foliage Day posts that made me really begin to appreciate the shape and form of foliage as well as its general greenness and the concept of an essentially shrub border here came about because of this, so thank you to her – and do take a look at her blog for links to other foliage day posts.