Welcome to GBFD for April. Usually I have decided what aspect of foliage I will write about for my monthly meme where I ask you to think of the foliage in your gardens rather than the flowers. This would seem a big ask in April when our spring gardens are bursting with colour from bulbs and many emerging perennials.
When I woke this morning I read Eliza’s post about Earth Day, which made me realise that one aspect of foliage I haven’t written about is its role in using carbon dioxide in the photosynthesis process and therefore helping to reduce the greenhouse gasses which are causing our planet to warm which will ultimately make the Earth unsuitable to support life as we know it. The dinosaurs before us became extinct because of changes in the climate so it is unreasonable to think that we will fare any better – and it is us that have changed the climate, not an outside occurrence as it was for the dinosaurs!
Just think, if every person on the planet planted a tree, how much carbon dioxide would be reduced; so while you enjoy your gardens today think about what you could plant that might just make a difference to the future of the planet.
We have had three nights of sub zero Centigrade temperatures (this is very, very unusual for Mid-April in Italy). Walking around the garden yesterday afternoon to take some photographs for today’s post I was shocked to see that the foliage, of a grapevine planted last year, had turned black as had most of the foliage on the newly emerging Dahlias that had quite happily over-wintered in the ground when there were temperatures of minus 8 or 9 for a considerable time.
I was also slightly surprised (but shouldn’t have been) that even with so much colour in the garden it wasn’t difficult to see that much of the beauty in the garden is supplied by the structure, form, texture and varying colours of the foliage rather than by the flowers.
I hope you will be inspired to join GBFD this month, if you are please leave a link to and from this post in the usual way. I look forward to reading your posts.