On the 22nd of every month Christina of My Hesperides Garden encourages us to look at the foliage in our garden rather than focussing on the flowers which we tend to do without thinking. Since joining in with this meme I have looked at foliage in a completely different way and can now appreciate it in its own right. This month, alongside the spring blooms foliage is re-emerging, our old favourites waking up after their winter nap, the warmer days bringing rapid progress, especially when accompanied by not-yet-April showers.
Along with fresh foliage on the roses and the recognisable leaves of astrantia, aconitum and aquilegia, it is the stylish and lush carpets in varying shades of green that I have noticed today, like the snowdrops and Geranium × monacense var. anglicum in the woodland edge border, shown above, and again with the added shape and texture of epimedium below:
In the woodland itself, although it seems as if the primroses are there 12 months of the year, there is indeed a time when their foliage does disappear, and now their spreading clumps are joined by wood anemones, the leaves having pushed their way above ground and unfurled in no time at all, before being quickly followed by the blooms. A bark path winds through the woodland and the far side of this path is also a green carpet, but this time of bluebells and wild garlic which I didn’t think to photograph.
Anemone blanda in the hedge border makes a white flecked carpet, but without the delicate appeal of their more rural cousins; they are quicker to establish too, growing from corms rather than the ‘little bits of twig’ of wood anemones:
The borders are looking less patchy and empty as they fill up with foliage. I especially like the glaucous grey green of some foliage, like the tulip and allium shown below next to aquilegia and Papaver orientale. Perhaps this is why I love to paint my garden woodwork in the similar grey green ‘Wild Thyme’ shade…
The textures in the following carpet are more varied and the greens are brighter, with the foliage of alstroemeria, campanula, muscari and wallflower and a glimpse of aconitum and aquilegia:
Those of us who are currently experiencing the rising tide of spring in our gardens will have been exclaiming daily about new growth as well as the early spring blooms, realising as we do so that the patchy ground of our relatively bare borders will become a carpet of many colours within a shorter space of time than we remember from one year to the next. We are still surprised when spring follows winter, in time followed by summer and then autumn – as gardeners, anticipation is one of our pleasures even when the timing is uncertain, and today’s range of green carpets made the prospect of a bounteous summer seem ever more likely.
Thank you to Christina for hosting the meme and do visit her blog to see the different textures and colours of the foliage in her garden