Until I began my post for ‘In a vase on Monday’ this morning I hadn’t realised that it was 22nd of the month already – where does time go?
It is that time when I write about foliage in my garden. Having walked around the garden to take some photographs the thing I really notice is how much the evergreens have grown during the winter. Coming from a different climate I am still surprised that the main growing period for evergreens here is from the end of September to December and from mid-February to the end of April. Those are the periods when it is usually quite mild and often there is some rain or at least humidity.
This winter has actually remained mild up until now with only a few days of winter cold so that the new foliage is very noticeable and shrubs have filled out to make good strong shapes in the borders.
New foliage is appearing all around the garden; in some ways this is more a sign of spring than the bulbs flowering.
I clip all the cistus in the garden to keep good tight forms.
The Elaeagnus has put on masses of new growth; I’m happy for it to be taller than the Cistus; now it has finished flowering and filling the garden with its perfume it can be pruned to a strong shape (I’m thinking of a cube) to add variety to the forms.
What foliage do you have in your garden this month? If you would like to join GBFD please just leave a link to and from this post. Have a great week, Christina