GBFD – June sunshine and rain

Welcome to  GBFD, when I encourage you think about the effect foliage has on the overall design of your garden. You are welcome to write about any foliage, it can be a plant you have only for its foliage interest or better perhaps if you think about a plan that flowers for a limited time but its foliage is beautiful or interesting or makes an interesting form for a longer period.

The difference between May and June is hardly credible, I looked at last month’s post to remind myself of what I had shown, I don’t want to always share the same views or plants.  But even the same plant groupings look very different this month so there are some repetitions.  We have had massive amounts of rain in the last week, beginning last Saturday there have been thunder storms and heavy rain almost every day.  It seems that we will have a few days of hot sun but the rain is predicted to return on Thursday or Friday (but that’s a long way off in forecasting terms so who knows if it will rain again or not as we are approaching the time when the summer drought usually begins in earnest.

This month the Box was pruned, it looks much tidier and helps emphasize the exuberance of the other plants.

In this grouping there are box, Thyme and Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ with Lilly foliage in the background

In this grouping there are box, Thyme and Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ with Lilly foliage in the background

Same view in different light

Same view in different light

Newly pruned box in the formal garden

Newly pruned box in the formal garden

Nice contrast of foliage with Agapanthus (about to flower) in front of a Cypress

Nice contrast of foliage with Agapanthus (about to flower) in front of a Cypress (Left hand border)

This view is from the top of the drive looking towards the Cyprus where I stand for the view on Thursday

This view is from the top of the drive looking towards the Cyprus where I stand for the view on Thursday – everything has finished flowering so without the foliage this would be a very sad view

This is the Upper Drive Border the other half of which I’ve been sharing with you on Fridays (sorry there was no post last Friday due to lack of time but also the view remains as boring as before.  I think this side works much better leading the eye to the view but having some structure and interest on the way.

there is probably just a little too much Thyme but otherwise I'm happy with the planting

There is probably just a little too much Thyme but otherwise I’m happy with the planting

Miscanthus, Bearded Iris and Hosta make a good textural combination

Miscanthus, Solomon’s Seal, Bearded Iris and Hosta make a good textural combination

This Canna is hardy and grown for its large leaves, it rarely flowers in my garden although when it does flower they are small and not particularly noticable

This Canna is hardy and grown for its large leaves, it rarely flowers in my garden although when it does flower they are small and not particularly noticeable.  It is under the Mulberry where the birds are having the time of their lives eating the fruit but also making rather a mess!

Photinia has put on some more new coloured foliage after being pruned last month

Photinia has put on some more new coloured foliage after being pruned last month

Light airy foliage against the Bay hedge

Light airy foliage  of Green and Bronze Fennel against the Bay hedge

Cotinus with silver leaved plants always a winning combination

Cotinus with silver leaved plants always a winning combination

Artemisia ludoviciana Valerie Finnis

Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’

Santolina had its flowers removed, I really like its knobbly texture

Santolina had its flowers removed, I really like its knobbly texture

The walnut tree is so full of leaves this year after all the rain, both trees have grown so much and are now making a lovely statement in the garden

The walnut tree is so full of leaves this year after all the rain, both trees have grown so much and are now making a lovely statement in the garden

To join with GBFD please include a link back to this post and leave a comment here with the link to your post. I always look forward to reading about what foliage interests you this month.

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27 thoughts on “GBFD – June sunshine and rain

  1. What a difference a few weeks makes (and a few hot hot days!) I know it’s a foliage post, but it seems like almost all the flowers have taken off for the summer, but I’m sure that’s not the case. The rain seems to have worked wonders, there’s so much green about and it really makes for a nice scene. You’re right about the smokebush with the gray, it’s a wonderful combination…. and I guess you’re also right about trimming the box. I might have to get to that one of these days.

  2. I love the Perovskia en masse mingling with the topiary. I’m amazed that it still looks fairly green, even outside your garden…I’m struggling as we haven’t had rain for weeks and I need to go around on a rescue mission – my beautiful cercidiphyllum showed serious signs of water stress today. Hoping for rain!

    • We have had a lot of rain in the last week but in my free draining soil it will soon disappear. The countryside looks very different this year, it is usually all golden yellow by now.

  3. Ah, Italy, that green and pleasant land. (No, wait …) Actually, the last two weeks we’ve been having far more than our share of clouds and rain, including a real doozy of a thunderstorm last night, so nobody is suffering from drought. Hope to be doing a foliage post if things ever dry out … Love that last picture of the walnut tree with the Perovskia.

  4. The rain must be a mixed blessing, Christina, particularly if it is so heavy when it comes. Some of my water butts are almost empty, so I would like some here soon! You have done a good job with pruning all your balls – do you find it hard to get them neat? Thanks for encouraging us to look at our foliage – it is so easy to focus just on blooms but foliage has so much going for it that we all too easily overlook. My contribution is at http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/garden-bloggers-foliage-day-the-shreds-of-evidence/

    • I have to admit that the young man who helps in the garden has a good eye for pruning although he did remove quite a lot of growth this time! Thanks for joining in this month, Cathy.

  5. lovely foliage photos Christina, I love the silver foliage and silver and purple even better, it made me smile to see your airy fennels when mine are solid ferny blocks due to the never ending rain, mine aren’t in flower yet, now the walk posts are finished I can focus on other things if the rain holds off tomorrow I’ll take some foliage photos, the rain looks nice on the foliage but the dull sky makes the photos dark, Frances

      • Christina I didn’t know about collecting the flowers until you mentioned it on your blog last year and I had intended collecting some but it was too wet, I am hopeful this year, mine are not even in bud yet, I collect some seed, most goes to the birds and wind,

        I have just posted my foliage post, I don’t have photos of my fennel because the weeds and grass between the house and tweenie are too long and wet, this is one reason I would like concrete paths through out the garden, here’s my link, thanks for hosting, Frances
        http://islandthreads.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/a-little-of-the-foliage-in-my-garden/

        • Thanks for joining in Frances, I’ve already read your post and you have some lovely foliage this month and you sounded much more positive about things, I hope that’s true. Christina

  6. The Artemisia caught my eye today Christina… I wonder how hardy it is, and drought-proof? I love both the colour and the shape. The last photo with your Perovskia coming into flower is lovely!

    • The Artemisia is perennial so always dies back in winter. It is hardy is the UK in free draining soil so you might be able to grow it. The foliage is lovely.

  7. I love that last photo! This post is a testament to the importance of foliage when the flowers are spent! Your Photinia is so beautiful. Here, Photinia was hit by a widespread blight some years ago, and one does not see it as often. I had to take out an entire hedge of it.

    • I hope the Photinia blight doesn’t come here as many people have hedges of it as it is one of the most reliable drought tolerant hedges there are. What form did it take?

  8. Your Perovskia is wonderful, against the formality of the clipped box. You did promise you would show it flowering in the formal garden – thank you! Mind you, your other foliage plants are also looking good, and shows the beauty and value of the leaves.

  9. Pingback: Seeds, Berries, and Foliage in the June Garden | gardeninacity

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