Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: the Carpet Shop

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 Γ— 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

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25 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: the Carpet Shop

  1. Heyjude says:

    It’s such a pleasure wandering around your garden with you. I had a ramble around my patch today to see if things that grew last year were reappearing and whether there was anything new. The weeds seem to have no problem in coming back!

  2. You have so much wonderful new green foliage! I have lots of evergreen foliage at this time of year, but we have about another month before the garden starts looking like that here on Long Island. I enjoyed the virtual visit! My foliage post:

  3. Pauline says:

    What a wonderful tapestry carpet you have, showing promise of such delights to come. It’s amazing how quickly the foliage is growing now that the weather is a bit warmer, soon the borders will be full once more.

  4. Watching the carpets of green in the garden spring to life like this is wonderful. I like the texture of the snowdrop leaves lacing their way among the geranium foliage.

  5. Christina says:

    When I saw ‘carpet’ in your title I thought you were going to write about ground-cover plants; so a surprise to see all the wonderful different shaped leaves with different textures and colours. I was thinking as I looked at your images that if you changed any of them to monochrome we would see the perfect example of how different shapes and forms work together to form a harmonious whole! thanks for the contribution this month.

  6. croftgarden says:

    Green with envy. Such lush fresh foliage.

  7. I think that uncertain timing is what draws us into the garden daily. This time of year multiple times daily since things change so quickly this time of year. Your plantings are certainly looking lush. It must be the rain.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I think you are right about that being one of the attractions. With the UK temperate climate this rush of growth is probably inevitable at this time of year, even without additional rainfall

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Isn’t this a lovely time of the year. All that fresh new growth just lifts the spirits and tells us that winter is over and summer is only weeks away. It just needs to warm up a tad more and I will be able to potter in the garden again. I can’t wait.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed, and despite the sun there has been a cool breeze which has taken the edge off it – hasn’t stopped me pottering when time permits though! πŸ˜‰

  9. hoehoegrow says:

    No brown, bare earth to be seen! That is fantastic so early in the season! I can still see lots of brown in my garden – can’t wait until it vanishes under new growth!

  10. sultanabun says:

    I’m not at all good at noticing foliage so this has been a real eye opener. Thank you.

  11. Anna says:

    I like the look of that hardy geranium weaving through the snowdrop foliage. Now there’s food for thought. Thanks Cathy πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      It does it all by istelf – and the geranium roots are probably so tough now that I couldn’t make a planting hole to pop some snowdrops in anyway πŸ˜‰

  12. smallsunnygarden says:

    You have some delectable carpets πŸ™‚ The grey green of the tulips is a lovely colour, and I have always felt just the same way about the longer-lasting bearded iris foliage, despite assorted garden books recommending ways to conceal it the rest of the year. One gets such lovely, soft hues from bulb foliage!

    • Cathy says:

      That’s an interesting thought about the bulb foliage although I suppose not all spring bulb foliage is this glaucous green but I wonder whether the temperatures early bulbs have to cope with might have something to do with the colour/type of foliage they have…

  13. rickii says:

    Beautiful, compelling patterns.

  14. Chloris says:

    Indeed it is yearly miracle when all that dreary brown soil becomes covered in a carpet of lovely fresh green. You have woven your carpet out of beautiful foliage.

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