Last weekend we walked by Lake Vico, a volcanic lake just south of us. As we were driving I saw a huge tree covered in red berries – surely not a Holly, but yes that’s what it was. I have never seen so many berries on a full size Holly in my life. They say that large numbers of berries mean that the winter will be hard; our forecast has also been predicting that this winter would be colder than average and would begin early. Continue reading
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day where I share with you my belief that to have a garden that pleases you all year foliage must be a major consideration when choosing plants. Continue reading
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, the post where I urge you to consider and appreciate the benefits that foliage gives to your garden. Continue reading
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day where I ask you to look at and appreciate your foliage more. I’m always glad when bloggers that I follow mention that they have been inspired to consider the benefits that good foliage bestows after reading about my approach to foliage. It isn’t that I don’t want flowers, it is that those flowers usually need the support of good foliage and structural planting to show themselves at their best. Continue reading
This month I don’t want to focus on individual plants but on the forms created in the garden by pruning and pose the question is this natural? Continue reading
June has sped by; so much so that the fact that today is the 22nd of the month had completely passed me by as you will know as I said yesterday that I would be posting about the cut flower beds today, ho hum, that will have to be tomorrow now; Cathy at Rambling in the garden has posted about her cut flowers today so perhaps those who want to join with that should link to her. But I hope you will join me in writing about your foliage too because even though I know your June gardens are filled with flowers it is the foliage that makes the garden look truly beautiful. Continue reading
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day on a beautiful warm sunny day in May. Continue reading
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day for April; I hope you will join me in exploring the virtues of good foliage planting in the garden this month.
I have been wondering what foliage I would feature in today’s post; looking through my images there wasn’t one that didn’t have some colour from flowers and although I have often written about the key part foliage plays in supporting the flowering plants that isn’t what I want to focus on today. Continue reading
Welcome and my apologies for the late appearance of Garden Bloggers Foliage Day. So much to do in so little time (as they say). Continue reading
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. Continue reading