There is a little new spring foliage that wasn’t noticeable in January but soon there will be more with tints of red and pink as new foliage appears.
The weather remains much colder than last year but on sunny days it is pleasantly warm but if the sky has been clear during the day and remains so during the night the temperatures have always dropped below zero centigrade. Yesterday is a good example; the morning was sunny with a very cold wind but is a sheltered spot out of the wind it felt pleasant enough, in the afternoon there was light rain but the wind was still from the north so it felt bitterly cold, later the wind changed to the south bring heavy rain during the night but the temperatures hardly dipped below the daytime temperatures, in the greenhouse the low registered was 8.5°C, the heater wouldn’t have switched on so it is a fairly good indication of the temperatures outside too. This morning is wet but not cold.
The border in front of the Arbutus is (later on) the Crimson zone, at the moment the Iris reticulata is flowering here.
I have been adding some more evergreens to the Upper Drive border.
When the Pittosporum have grown a little they will make good foliage additions to my vases.
At last I made a decision about what to plant to hide the new houses that are visible from the sitting room and terrace. I have planted three Italian Cypress that, when they have thickened up a little, I will cut with flat tops at three different heights, this added to the existing cypress by the drive should make a visually stimulating group.
If you would like to share some special foliage and join in GBFD please link your post in the comments here adding a link to this post in yours. You may have the beginning of some autumn colour if you are in the southern hemisphere – or if you are further south than me and the weather is warmer perhaps you have some spring foliage to share, whatever you decide to write about your foliage post is eagerly awaited.