GBFD: Shades

GBFD.July16I am a few days ‘late’ in posting a foliage day post, the meme hosted by blogging friend Christina of My Hesperides Garden on the 22nd of each month. As you can see, I have simply showcased a selection of the greens that abound in the garden – highlighting my pure delight in being surrounded by luxuriant growth when rambling or working or sitting (honest, I have sat!) in the garden in recent days. Apart from the occasional lawnmower or child playing or the snipping of my secateurs, the only sounds seem to have been those of the birds or the rustling of a leaf and I feel both well blessed and privileged to have this space as my garden.

Gertrude Jekyll is famously reputed to have said ‘Remember green is a colour, too!” and the different shades of green available in our gardens must be almost infinitesimal – spring, mint, spruce, holly, sage, grass, emerald, olive, sea, apple, moss, pine, camouflage, khaki to name but a few – so many different shades, not surprisingly many named after the foliage they relate to. Not just so many different shades, but textures and veining and patterns too – and our gardens are full of them, a backdrop for the colour of our blooms but every bit as valuable in their own right. Thank you Christina for encouraging us to look at foliage in this way!

Talking about shade, trimming an overarching dog rose in the ‘hedge’ that splits the woodland edge border led to a more dramatic overhaul, a few years since the last one, to keep the height under control. There is still more to do, but as each bout of lopping requires a bout of trimming offcuts ready for recycling there is a limit to the space available for a lopping pile, and fortunately common sense has prevailed. I know it removes a little of the mystery of the view through this border – but only in the short term as it will grow back in due course, and in the meantime plants in the border will benefit from the extra light and rainfall – so instead of this:

IMG_7534… we now have this (and a big heap of hedge trimmings):


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32 Responses to GBFD: Shades

  1. Pauline says:

    Love your collage showing lots of different shades of green, we are so lucky in this country to be able to enjoy so many different greens.
    I’m sure your plants in your woodland area will enjoy their extra light and rain, the woodland here is so dry and dark, a totally different place from springtime.

  2. Gorgeous ! Love your tiles of green leaves and may ‘borrow ‘ your approach . Yes , green is a wonderful color in the garden .

  3. rusty duck says:

    Every time I do some essential thinning the plants underneath romp away, even those classed as shade lovers. There is shade and then there is deep shade. Not much thrives in the latter.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Clever to highlight your many greens in the garden Cathy.

  5. Kris P says:

    I love the collage!

  6. Doesn’t it feel good to get a good haircut?!

  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, what a difference – air and light! Love the leaf photo mosaic. 🙂

  8. Christina says:

    Love your approach to Foliage Day, the collage is beautiful and the new view in your woodland is lovely with the sun filtering through.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – there is still a bit more to do, and then I need to do the Rambling Rector once the recycling bin is empty!

  9. I agree, your Jekyll inspired green collage is beautiful. Amazing how many plants are so recognisable even in close up sections. Bravo for tackling the overgrown rose.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate – there is hazel and hawthorn in this mid-hedge too, so keeping the height down keeps everything more under control. Don’t know if it would be any easier doing it each year but perhaps I ought to consider it

  10. Brian Skeys says:

    The tiles of leaves would make a good picture or printed as a tea towel.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Brian – your comment has prompted me to start looking at options for printing pictures for displaying outdoors… thank you!

  11. Anna says:

    Brian has taken the words out of my mouth. Definitely a photo that’s worth framing for keeps Cathy!

  12. That would make a brilliant wall canvas.

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  14. Prior-2001 says:

    I came here from woodland gnome’s forest garden blog!
    And so glad I did – your greens are wonderful !

  15. lovely green mosaic Cathy, I’ve seen prints of mono colour photo textures in a grid pattern like this in minimalist frames, mostly white mount and narrow black frame, they look good in B&W too,
    nice filtered view after pruning, apparently (so my RHS pruning book says) pruning in summer inhibits growth so hopefully it won’t grow back too fast, like you I am waiting for the recycle bin to be emptied so I can refill it, I wish they were emptied weekly in the growing season, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      At one time ours were only emptied monthly over winter – so it ws a disaster if we missed it – but it’s fortnightly now, which is better. One of our eighbours has almost no garden so is happy to let us use theirs if there is space but there are still times of the year when we have to make a trip to the skip as well (but you don’t have that option)

  16. Cathy, I keep meaning to ask you to remind me which plugin you use to make your collages?

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