At this season of the year flowers are few and far between; those that are in the garden are usually small, with an intense perfume to attract the very few pollinating insects that brave the cold air. So it is foliage that fulfils the function of colour, form and texture.
Last year I posted about how we can learn about the structure of our gardens by taking photographs in black and white (or rather turning our colour images to black and white by editing our images – very easy to do). This is useful in summer too when the colour of our favourite blooms blind us to the lack of form and structure and maybe trick us into thinking that our planting is more successful than perhaps it truly is. In winter when often the colours turn to sepia of their own accord we are more aware of problem areas.
Above the slope, still mostly in shadow has lots of new fresh green from self-seeded Californian poppies and ‘cresto di gallo’ (a wild daisy-flowered plant I allow to grow as its new growth provides adds great taste to salads) and the darker foliage of prostrate Rosemary.
In black and white I can see the need for some foliage with larger leaves; but this is a very small area and large leaves are provided close-by in the form of Verbascum, but something I will think about when adding something new to this planting. But there is a good mix of solid and more airy forms.
In the early morning when the garden was white with frost I enjoyed the large ice crystals that covered so much foliage.
Despite ten days of sub-zero temperatures at night most plants are still looking very green and happy. All the Hemerocallis foliage has turned a deep yellow and has wilted onto the ground to form heaps that to me look like writhing snakes (I’ve no idea why it seems like that to me, we don’t have any yellow snakes as far as I know).
I know it is a busy time for everyone but I would enjoy seeing what foliage you have in your garden at the moment that is giving you pleasure. Just leave a link to your post when you comment, and thank you for joining in this meme to celebrate foliage during the past year.
I would like to wish you all a very Peaceful, Happy Christmas and that the New Year will bring you good health and serenity in your garden.