Welcome to Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day, where I celebrate the foliage that is the most important feature of my garden. Today, as you can see from my title is sunny and after a cold start is now beautifully warm.
Apart from the leafless trees this scene looks more like summer.
I never tire of this view, which I see every time I open the front door or am standing in the middle of the terrace. I am growing to like the rather characterful shape of the lavender; funny as I wanted it to be a very formal straight-line hedge, but nature does what it does!
The light does all the work of making the grasses come alive, they seem to grow from an inner light rather than being lit by the sun.
Now for a few plants that don’t usually put on much of a show in autumn but this year with more variation between day and night time temperatures they are showing me that they can do it. Last night the temperature was down to 4°C and during the day I think it might just have reached the low 20’s. Viburnum burkwoodii has never before been anything but green, just dropping its leaves in late autumn.
The above image was taken last week, all the rest today, it looks the same today except the crab apple in the background has now lost its leaves and most of its small yellow apples.
I love Nandina, at the moment it has white flower buds, wonderfully red berries and these multi-coloured leaves. I know that in some parts of the US it is considered invasive but it grows very slowly here and no seedlings have ever survived.
I think the tap must be extra warm as the Red Admiral was very happy there. I’m not sure what is eating the Bay hedge but it is difficult to find a leaf without a chunk out of it! The butterflies have been feeding on the sweet fruit of the pomegranate that have split open before I picked them.
When I look at the garden from certain angles I hardly recognise it. It is so hard to believe that in July 2006 (before we bought the house the garden looked like this).
In my post about the slope last week I mentioned how much the trees had grown and that I had only just suddenly noticed; the same is true for the shrubs in the drive border. Various Cistus, Elaeagnus, a holly and a Lonicera fragrantissima are all significantly larger than they were in spring and the cypress I added to the bed, not visible here looks like its always been here. The combination of warm weather, a lot more rain than usual and that fact that they have at last got their roots down into the tufo rock, which does retain some moisture, means they have grown strongly and this growth has continued into the autumn which I think is the time they usually grow most.
If you would like to share some of the foliage in your garden I would be very happy to see what is pleasing you today. Just post in the usual way with a link to this post and leave a comment here with the link to yours. Have a lovely weekend and I hope the sun shines for you.