There is a definite feeling of spring in the air; it isn’t that the temperatures are higher than before; it is the light levels that sign out that winter is over and spring is here!
There are new blooms opening almost every day now, but it isn’t the principle reason that the garden is telling me it is spring; new shoots, new foliage and changes in colour of foliage plus that hard to describe ‘fullness’ even of evergreen plants announce that though there is still time for some cold weather (last year we had a very cold spring even into May) there is now no stopping the relentless urge for plants to grow, flower and reproduce themselves.
This view of the top of the drive border is looking very full, the evergreens have put on a lot of new growth, especially the Cistus and Eleagnus; as you can see there are few flowers as yet, you might just be able to see some Muscari but it is the form and structure of the planting here which delivers the relationship with the surrounding countryside.
The back border has Photinia hedging giving a wonderful red glow to the view from the kitchen and front terrace.
A couple of years ago a wild lupin found its way into the garden, I have allowed it to stay, indeed I have sprinkled the seeds to help their dispersal; they are fleeting flowers but their new foliage is, I think, beautiful.
Nothing beats this combination in my garden, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ and Santolina make a wonderful contrast of colour and texture especially when the sedum have their new deeply coloured leaves.
I hope you will join in FBFD with some foliage from your garden. Just post with a link back to here and leave a comment with the link back to your post. I look forward to seeing some colourful new foliage or maybe you have something that is a surprise?