This post follows hot on the heels of last week Foliage and Raindrops. Why? Well, Christina at Hesperides Garden invited me to join in her meme on the 22nd of each month, called Garden Bloggers Foliage Day. It has taken a little bit of thinking about, my first thought was that it was very soon after “Foliage and Raindrops” and then I realised I had very few photos to upload.
I had a small amount of time this morning before leaving the house at 7:40 so took my camera out to capture foliage. When I looked around I thought what little there was in the garden in the form of foliage.
I have ACANTHUS or BEARS BREECHES – a fabulous architectural plant, but also an absolute nightmare when you decide you don’t want it taking over the garden. In the late summer is produces tall spikes with white and purple flowers and then the seed pods explode and scatter, this means that there are bits of it coming up all over the place. This is exacerbated by roots send out runners, so when you pull the plant up if there is the smallest piece of root left behind, hey presto, more Acanthus the next year. It also regularly gets mildew in the Summer. All that said, I do like to have some of it filling the gaps.
There are lots of shrubs and plants in the garden but they all flower at their respective times, therefore, strictly speaking they are not counted as foliage, or are they? This got me thinking and as usual I turned to Google for the true definition.
fo·li·age (fl-j, flj)
Wandering around the garden early this morning , I added FERNS to my list. I never think to add them to flower arrangements but perhaps I should try and remember this year, especially the evergreen Cyrtomium Fortunia, which appears to have doubled in size over the Winter.
All of which will be visible for the next GBFD on 22 April, also the evenings will be lighter making it more conducive to photographing the garden after work. Thank you Christina for your invitation and I hope that next month I can do better justice to your meme.