Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day – Spring has sprung

Welcome to GBFD, a day to forget the flowers, if you can, and concentrate on the qualities of foliage.

In spring I know we all wait with impatience for the first flowers of spring but I suggest to you that without good structure and foliage those flowers are not going to look their best.  You’ll have to forgive the flowers that have sneaked into my images today but I hope that will only emphasise that they would be lost without all the different colours, textures and forms of the foliage to support them.

All the images were taken this morning at about 7.20 am so the angle of the sun was still low giving some deep shadows.

The view west from the terrace, with structure from the Cypresses and the clipped Cistus

Upper Drive border with thyme, Cistus and clipped Elaeagnus

The evergreen borders, not yet clipped

The Large Island from the upper slope path

New red growth on the Photinia hedge

New red growth on the Photinia hedge

Red colouration is a defensive measure to protect the delicate new foliage, many plants do this especially roses.

Red new foliage too the roses

Suddenly in the last couple of days the crab apple has its new leaves, these will soon be followed by the blossom

Suddenly the Iris foliage has grown taller and is looking fresh, the stems in front of the Iris are the flowering stems of Dianthus

More Irises, I love the almost blue of their sword-like leaves

New lush foliage from Hemerocallis, tulips and Alliums

Very fresh new foliage on the Cistus, when taking this photograph I became aware that at the top of each new stem a bud has already formed

Sedum looks good all year, here a smaller leaved variety (name lost)

Sedum, from cuttings taken a couple of years ago

Stipa gigantea getting ready to push up its flowering plumes

What foliage would you like to share with us today; do join in simply by linking to and from this post.

Enjoy spring if it has arrived in your garden or for those in the Southern Hemisphire do share any autumn colour you may already have.

 

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58 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day – Spring has sprung

  1. I love the way the upthrust if the Iris foliage echoes the cypresses , in contrast to the mounded domes of the cistus etc. I am drawn to blue grey leaves for the brightening effect they have on darker toned ones. And you are ideally placed to grow plants that have them.

    • The Irises are quite blue but I think the morning light made them more so. It is funny that the foliage seemed to have grown up almost overnight; when I was clearing the beds of weeds last week they hadn’t put on any new growth at all.

  2. Your garden cast in long shadows of the early morning is very beautiful. It’s so interesting to discover that the red tints of certain plants are a protection mechanism. I have a lovely evergreen blueberry that does this at this time of year, alas, even in a sheltered spot, quite often the new shoots get scorched by late frosts.

    • I’d love to grow blueberries; the berries are difficult to find here, but my soil isn’t acid enough. It became cloudy at about 9, so it was a good thing I took the photographs when I did.

  3. Your foliage tapestry is stunning Christina. The swords of the Iris add so much. I had some fabulous specimens in my last garden. Here it is slug ravaged and barely survives.
    Time and weather have conspired to prevent me joining in again this month. I shall be so glad when I can get outside and do some decent gardening again.

    • I used not to like pruned plants but then I saw it was what happened in nature by wind sculpting or animals nibbling. Now I prune most of the evergreens I don’t think it works do well with deciduous shrubs.

        • The flowers have a very strong scent, not particularly pleasant; I’m not sure how that would translate into honey, but they do flower early.

        • A few flowers here and there would not affect the taste of the honey, you need acres of flowers to get a strong flavour in the honey. It is always in the back of our mind if the plant would be useful to the bees – not just the honey bees but the bumbles and the rest.

    • Hi Alison, thank you for taking time to join in GBFD, it is always great to see some new gardens. You would be very welcome any time to come and wander around my garden.

  4. I love all your Cypress exclamation marks, Christina. I’m enjoying the emergence of new leaves here too. My dwarf Japanese maple seemed to turn bright green overnight (although my coral bark maple is slower to get going). My persimmons are leafing out too – and the grape vine. The list goes on and on!

  5. Christina her garden looks spectacular and green. All shapes are accentuated by the shadows of sunlight: the photos are precious. Everything I like very much but especially the view from the terrace to the west by the Cipreses and the Cistus, the Big Island of the path of the upper slope by the contrast of colors and low and high forms, Iris with its blue-green color, Foliage of Hemerecallis, Tulips and Alliums together, and the Photinia with its reddish color is divine. Forgive my exhaustive enumeration of so many places, but it is that your Christina garden is an Eden. Thank you very much for showing it: since I can not walk through mine (which is much uglier) walk through yours. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. It’s wonderful seeing all that greenery Christina. A few trees are just showing some new shoots here now, but the smaller evergreens in the rockery suffered from the cold dry spell we had and are still looking a bit brown. Your lush Cistus looks like it will be a real show when it flowers!

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    • This is certainly the best time in my garden; as soon as the heat kicks in even some of the evergreen foliage doesn’t look as good as it does now. Looking forward to reading your contribution this month Cathy.

  8. The everlasting foliage of evergreens certainly adds much interest to the garden, especially during the winter months and into early spring. Your garden is the perfect example of the proper use of these plants and the additional foliage of iris, Sedum and Photinia complete the landscape. I always enjoy visiting your beautiful gardens Christina! My March Foliage: http://landscapedesignbylee.blogspot.com/2017/03/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-foliage.html#.WNMDp28rKUk

    • Thanks Lee, in my climate evergreen foliage is essential as during hot dry summers deciduous trees and shrubs can suffer a lot. Thanks for joining GBFD this month.

    • The Cistus always surprises me when it puts on a rush of foliage in spring, it doesn’t grow much the rest of the year, one reason it is good to clip it after it has finished flowering. thanks for the contribution Jason.

  9. Lovely photos of your foliage Christina .. I didn’t know the red colouration of the Photinia was to protect new foliage … Photinias in spring are very striking & the red leaves make it so.

  10. Some lovely strong planting Christina- spring has really arrived with you.
    I love your Photinia hedge – is it ‘Red Robin’? I have just got a variegated one (‘Louise’) and am waiting to see how it performs.

    • Yes, i’d say we’re in mid-spring now although the forecasters keep threatening more cold weather. It is difficult to buy named varieties in this part of Italy so I imagine it is the straight cultivar.

  11. You were certainly up and about early Christina with your camera but an ideal time for taking photos in the garden. I hadn’t realised that red foliage was a defensive measure so thank you for some new to me information. The young foliage on roses is most attractive.

  12. I love the magical early morning light on your wonderful foliage shots. This is an exciting time as the tender young buds are beginning to open and show the freshest green imaginable. I will try to join in next month, life has been a bit hectic lately and my blogging has got a bit behind.

  13. I have had another long week Christina and have only now had chance to look at your foliage post. The sight of your garden full of those Mediterranean plants is lovely, the shadows of the tall cypress, the swords of iris. I could imagine the gravel crunching as you walked around, the air smelling sweet. I did not know about the reason for early red foliage, really interesting.

  14. Interesting about the foliage color.
    I would love to sit for a while in your spring garden and enjoy the sun coming up and I bet the foliage fragrances are all around. Glad to see nicer weather has returned and I hope it holds for a while.
    Once we get rid of this snow I hope to finally be able to join in on a few foliage days again. We are still paying for our early warm spell.

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