Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, the post where I urge you to consider and appreciate the benefits that foliage gives to your garden.
The more I learn from experience about the plants that grow in my garden here in central Lazio (about mid.way between Rome and Siena) the more I realise that growth patterns are totally different to the Southern England where I used to live – yes, I know that sounds obvious but the differences aren’t always what you would expect.
I learned quite early on that the commonly held view that Lavender doesn’t grow back from old wood is untrue here; I believe this is due to the much higher light levels but I haven’t performed any experiments to prove this. The same is also true of Lelandii; here they will grow back from hard pruning.
The Photinia is a form of autumn colour that I didn’t expect. Some colour like this is very welcome because the day and night time temperatures don’t vary enough here to make deciduous trees change from green to yellow or red or orange.
It is fortunate that the Holly oak (Quercus ilex) does grow in autumn as the spring growth was badly damaged by a beetle that is prolific in spring but disappears when it becomes hot and doesn’t return until the following year.
On the slope there is a carpet of green; thousands of seedlings of Eschscholzia californica have germinated and many will survive the winter to flower in early spring, some are even flowering now.
I’m sure many of you will have some beautiful autumn colours in your gardens, I would love to see them! To join in this celebration of foliage all you need to do is link to and from this post.
I hope you are enjoying autumn as much as I am, Christina.