Spring came early this year, already most of the tulips are over and roses and Irises are taking their place; yet despite the quantity of blooms in the garden it is foliage that still takes pride of place in my eyes.
There is a good reason for this; even though there are large numbers of different plants flowering, the percentage of the garden that they represent is still small in comparison to the foliage!
This is the first year that the box pyramids have been covered with new growth; it just shows how long a large specimen takes to establish, these were planted in April 2008. With the knowledge I have now I would have planted them in autumn which would have meant that they established more quickly.
Interesting I’ve just noticed that the Photinia in this image doesn’t have red new growth, I think it must be intensified when they are pruned and there is a lot of new growth because this image was taken in April 2008 when it had never been pruned.
In the above image you can see just how important the foliage is in the garden despite the tulips in the spring walk that are just visible in the background and the Choisya in the Left hand border the scene is purely foliage; the new green of box, the silver of the lavender hedges and the new green (at present) foliage of Perovskia. The trees are now into leaf and the Photinia hedge is showing its new growth which is red; this part of the hedge was pruned late so there are very few flowers, while in other parts of the garden the all-pervasive perfume of the flowers fills the air.
There are some plants I grow just for their foliage to the extent that I remove the flower buds before they open as the colour of the flowers clashes with the subtlety of the leaves; these include most Santolina and some Artemisia such as A. ‘Valerie Finnis’.
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While I was taking the images for this post I spotted a butterfly I don’t think I’ve seen before.