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