This last week I fell by the wayside when it cames to writing blog posts, due in the main to my first week in a new job (looking good, by the way) and getting used to early rises and coming home later. In short, I have just collapsed on the sofa and been totally uncreative and it’s been dark so I have not had the opportunity to take photos during the week.
My Saturday morning is usually spent taking a cup of tea back to bed and catching up with reading other blogs. I read The Gardening Blog’s post called “Foliage Follow up in March” which is a meme run by Pam at Digging. Another was “Foliage Friday” on WellyWoman’s blog who gave credit to Christina at Hesperides Garden, so I popped across to her blog and found a lovely post for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day entitled Emerging from the snow.
A seed of an idea was then sown for a post. It’s raining this morning, the first rain for a while now, although it is a bit feeble, almost as if it has forgotten how to rain properly. From 5 April we have a hose pipe ban because the reservoirs are very much lower than they should be at this time of the year and we need the correct type of rain, which is steady continuous rain for a day or two to replenish the water table. Short, sharp, downpours are no good, the rain runs off the dry land, not soaking into the earth.
I digress, back to foliage – my idea evolved into photos of foliage with raindrops on the leaves. Clearly it is not a good idea for a camera to get wet, so I waited for a break in the rain.
First I went into the front garden and took photos of, what I think are tulips coming through, but I don’t remember planting any bulbs in this area so I await the flower with interest. (Update: it’s since been suggested they could be day lilies and I seem to remember planting some odd bulbs last year).
It is more interesting in the back garden so I headed off there. The first foliage is the Fatsia Japonica. This is a plant that is clearly very happy growing in the corner bed along the outside of the house. I chop it regularly so it doesn’t grow too tall, otherwise it would block the light through the window. However, it carries on regardless totally unperturbed.
One plant, with lovely foliage, lives very contentedly in a large pot opposite the Fatsia and that is the Pieris Forest Flame. I just love the bright red leaves when they arrive. It is getting rather large now and I suspect this will go on my jobs to do list: “Repot the Pieris”.
Wandering around looking at other foliage, the evergreen fern Cyrtomium Fortunia is growing exceptionally well in the “fern corner”.
The Euphorbia has doubled in size in just a year and the colour is fabulous with a great burgundy tint.
I am just beginning to wonder if the tulips in the back garden are going to be blind again this year, it will be such a pity if they are. At the moment there is just an abundant of leaf.
At this stage I became a little carried away taking photos of raindrops rather than concentrating on foliage. The Clematis Montana Elizabeth is full of buds and raindrops.
This is where I have to apologise to true gardeners and admit to “hacking” away at the extremely overgrown honeysuckle. It has not paid me back by dying but has produced lots of new leaves. When I looked at this photo I noticed that you can see the bare branches behind in one of the raindrops, it is quite surprising what little things can create excitement – I feel really quite proud of this photo.
My last photo, is nothing to do with foliage but all to do with raindrops, all lined up on the Elder.
A little more gentle rain will help all the plants and very soon there will be a lot more green and colour in the garden. I find Spring such a joy!