Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, where we celebrate all kinds of foliage, green, evergreen, silver, gold or red.
As the forecast for today wasn’t great I decided to photograph the garden on Wednesday. The first images were taken in the morning when there was a weak wintery sun. I selected some parts of the garden that for some reason are rarely featured or are the background to some feature I wish to talk about.
Just as I was beginning to write I glanced out of the kitchen window and saw that the late afternoon sun was illuminating the garden. I grabbed the camera, and managed to capture a few magic moments.
Some foliage that had appeared drab green in the morning positively shone; red foliage of Nandina domestica glowed and the stark nude forms of fading Perovskia stood ghostly white.
The Upper Drive is mainly Mediterranean shrubs, mostly evergreen and mostly pruned to create a cohesive planting. All of the shrubs have flowers but it is their form and foliage that earn them their place in this border.
In the image below, taken in late afternoon, the sun shining on Nandina domestica and Elaeagnus stems brings the scene to life.
A symphony of green under the Mulberry.
Agapanthus foliage behind the Cerastium has been damaged by frost, but the plants will recover.
The sun picks out every leaf, every stem of grass and every red berry.
The Perovskia almost appears as if it were in flower in this light.
Every month I like to emphasize the importance of foliage in all gardens whether they are designed around evergreens or if the perennials are the main feature how the foliage of those plants is as important as the flowers. But perhaps it is the enjoyment of a few moments when everything sings because of the light is something we can all celebrate whatever our gardening style.
If you would like to share some special foliage please link your post in the comments here with a link to this post in yours. Perhaps you have a plant that has been highlighted by sun shining on frost, or a tree or shrub decorated with snow; do share what foliage you are enjoying in your garden today.
As it is Thursday, the Slope also needs to be included so here are a couple of images. Eschscholzia californica are growing more and covering more ground; and the grey wet days have made some of the silver foliage plants look very green.
I need to prune the branch sticking out of the Cypress
I’m looking forward to reading your posts.