Welcome to GBFD, a day to celebrate the foliage backbone of the garden.
After a glorious sunny, spring-like day on Friday today is grey with a cold wind; so not a day to enjoy being in the garden at all. I think that in spring we are all looking for signs of the new season especially flowers so it is easy to forget that spring also brings all the new foliage on trees, emerging perennials and the special promise we get from the foliage of bulbs appearing.
I especially love the new fleshy leaves of Sedum as they make an attractive crown almost lovelier than later in the season when their stems can sprawl awkwardly.
I took lots of cuttings from all the Sedums last year and will be adding all of them to the garden; some soon and the smaller ones in autumn when they have had time to grow a little more.
The Photinia hedge that forms the southern boundary has tints of orange and red in its new leaves which will give a good background to the tulips when they flower which shouldn’t be too long now.
The new planting of the border we see looking west from the terrace is growing well but the Nandina that was moved in autumn 2013 really hasn’t re-established so I am going to remove it and replace it with something else that can be trimmed into a sphere, either another Cistus or perhaps a different lavender to ones already in the garden. . I will also remove the groundcover Verbena as I really want to continue the rhythm created by the clipped forms.
The part of the garden that gives the most pleasure is the Upper drive border where the spheres of Cistus and other evergreens have fresh, new foliage of a contrasting lighter green.
I do hope you will join with me and post about the foliage in your garden. All that’s needed is a link to this post and a comment with a link to yours included. I expect many of you will have more new foliage or in the Southern Hemisphere you might be able to share some early autumn colour. Enjoy spring, it is simpley the best time in the garden!