Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – The weather has changed

The change in the weather since last foliage day is very noticeable.  Now the mornings are cold; early one morning last week there was a frost, although it must have been very light as nothing has blackened and the roses are still opening their blooms; during the middle of the day the sun shines and it is still pleasantly warm – warm enough to sit on the terrace with a grass of white wine and enjoy the rewards of a morning spent tidying up in the garden.  As soon as the sun begins to drop, it is cooler and a fire is a cosy addition to the evenings.

Autumn shades of Panicum against textures in green

again the bright yellow colouring of Panicum, matched here by a self seeded Californian Poppy

Close up autumn colour of Panicum - I love the tones of colour

Just a few days separate when the above images of the Panicum were taken.  Change is fast, once it begins to happen.

Only the flowers of Gaura in this view of the large island

I like the tapestry of texture here, layer on layer

Even though there are more plants blooming than is usual in November (see GBBD November), it is the foliage that holds the garden together, creates colour and texture that work on their own or as a vital support for the few splashes of colour that the blooms provide.

The calm centre of the garden

Only the bright yellow of the dying Box (second plant that has died in this position) spoils this tranquil view.

This month I thought I would concentrate on some overviews of the garden illustrating how it is the foliage doing the major task of creating stimulating vistas within the garden and leading the eye to the broader landscape.

View towards the left hand border, the wide angle makes it appear a much longer path than it is in reality.

Looking North from midway along the left hand border

This angle of the garden is almost always satisfying, the solidity of the cypress combined with, at this time of year, the glowing yellow leaves of the pomegranate, the trunk of the fast growing Melia which decorates the sky when you look up with its bright yellow berries, the broad leaves of a Canna and the mat-forming, evergreen Verbena all make this everyone’s favourite spot to photograph.

no flowers are needed!

Sun shinning on the sunny yellow leaves of the pomegranite

Moving around the pomegranate there are the box spheres with Bay hedging and a Miscanthus gigantea that will hopefully reach its stated 8 foot next year.

The back border

In the back border blue leaved euphorbias, and dark claret Heuchera contrast with light reflecting seed heads of Miscanthus and Calamagrostis, while a couple of Hemerocallis are valiantly continuing to put up a few more flowers and the abutilon has nearly regained its stature from before it was knocked back to the ground in the minus 8°C temperature of last winter; its orange flowers picking up on the ‘spring’ new growth colour of the Photinia.

Even though the Heuchera leaves are now a little tatty, their beautiful marbled foliage is a great foil for other plants

When I look closely at the self-seeded offspring of seed grown Euphorbias I am intrigued by the variation in colour, I like that they turn pink with the cold as does my face when I work out in the wind!

Not the flowers of Abelia grandiflora, pink again! but so subtle

View across the large island to the greenhouse and the ever-present sparkling foliage of the olives.

What foliage is adding to the enjoyment in your garden?  Is it autumn colour? maybe too late for that now; or evergreen plants that are ignored in summer to return to notice when the splendour of summer is past?  Do share; just add a link to your post when you leave a comment.

Pam at Digging also has a foliage meme which is usually the day after Bloomday, too soon for many of us to be able to get a second post up, here’s the link to this months post.

And to finish, nothing to do with foliage at all; just look what I picked yesterday!

planted in March, strawberries continue to fruit into November, amazing value

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27 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – The weather has changed

  1. Beautiful calm centre to your garden – lovely colours and textures – the dying box provides contrast, adds a certain something, like the deliberate mistake in a Persian carpet !
    Love all the long shots, they give a much clearer idea of the layout of your garden and show us your design skills !
    Strawberries still – wow !!!

    http://leadupthegardenpath.com

    • Sorry for the delay in accepting your comment, it found its way into the spam box, can’t imagine how. Thanks for your comments and the kind thoughts about the dead box. Christina

  2. Beautiful foliage. My garden is looking very sorry for itself. We’ve had so much rain in the last week. Everything just looks soggy and bedraggled. I know we need the rain to make up for the dry summer but dryer winters would be nice. As a gardener I am allowed to never be happy with the climate and weather I’m given.

    • Thanks Julie, your garden colour is pretty good too. You have lots of plants adding that special autumn wow factor; I particularly like Euonymus alatus, we have E. europaeus which also turns red in autumn but it is the bright pink flowers with orange arils that catch the eye most. Both the hydrangeas are wonderful colours, these are certainly worth growing just for the autumn foliage. Christina

  3. I managed to publish a little post on foliage too! Just in time.
    Christina, you garden is beautiful, I love the wide views of it and all the textures you are using. I like a lot the two stone pins (skittles?) you put at the beginning of the main path. Shame for your ‘golden’ box, I have several dead ones on the main hedge and I have to decide what to do with them. I think I’m going to move the good ones elsewhere and replace the whole hedge maybe with a native cornus…

    • Thank you Alberto for your very kind words. I’m thinking of putting in a very small box to replace this; I think an ant’s nest might have been the problem with the first box but this one seemed fine. Great post. Christina

  4. I covet that pomegranate and just found out that there is a type that will grow here. I am linking two posts for GBFD. The first on wintergreen groundcovers, which rely mainly on foliage:
    http://carolynsshadegardens.com/2011/10/27/more-flowering-wintergreen-ground-covers-for-shade/.
    The second is my November GBBD post, which has a lot of great fall color and some wonderful evergreens: http://carolynsshadegardens.com/2011/11/15/november-gbbd-prime-time/.
    Enjoy

  5. Hi Christina, so sorry to have missed GBFD this month, too overwhelmed with things around the house. Your garden is looking beautiful, and certainly demonstrates the value of foliage in creating wonderful patterns. Such a shame about that box plant. I really like the way you combine the formal – box, clipped plants – with the billowing informal, it works really well. And how wonderful to be picking strawberries…

    • Hi Janet, don’t worry about not joining in, hope you’ll have some time in the following months. The weather here has been amazing this weekend, just glorious! Christina

  6. Foliage is disappearing in our garden,so not much I could have posted for GBFD. Your garden still looks superb, Christina, lots of lovely warm tones. I’m interested as to why your box plant has died. We have a couple where the same thing has happened. It rather spoils the look!

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