Here we are almost at the end of April, and time again to take a look at the foliage in the garden. This last week of torrential showers, has brought absolutely everything on by leaps and bounds. It is amazing what a good drenching can do for plants and trees alike. The one drawback to all this rain is that the grass is growing too and my lawn sounds like a sponge when I stand on it, so mowing it out of the question at the moment.
The Aquilegia are really making their presence known all around the garden, with it’s different coloured leaves according to the variety. There are a couple of almost lime green plants that really stand out but most are the usual green.
I know I have mentioned this before, but I do appear to have a lot of plants in the garden that start with the letter “A”, this is not intentional at all, it is only when I started to write about them this dawned on me! To add to the “A” list the Astilbe have spread themselves in the damp north-facing bed down the right handside of the garden. They are excellent value, because they love this spot and the dried flowers remain upright in the Winter, giving some archtecural height. Judging by the amount of leaves that have come through this year there is going to be an excellent show of pink feathery flowers.
The hardy geraniums are filling out and at the moment are still neat mounds. A lady I work with said she uses old wire hanging baskets, placed upside down on her geraniums and it helps keep them neat and tidy. At just under £1.50 for small wire baskets from Wilkinsons, this definitely an idea I will try this year.
I need to keep an eye on the Geraniums (Cranesbill) in the bottom bed because they are going to choke the Astrantia if I am not careful. Just behind the Astrantia, the Agapanthus are looking in good form, having made it through another Winter and at the back of the border is a Ballerina Rose – this is a very pretty rose with hydrangea type flowerheads. I love the variety of green tones in the bed at the moment.
I have a feeling that this year is going to be a really good one for the Peony in the side bed, it now is so thick with leaves I am having to add extra support. I am sure it is so very advanced because I covered it through the Winter with a cloche, the peony in the bottom bed is only just now sending up long shoots. I love the pinkish hue to the leaves and the almost burgundy edging they have.
The Fennel is now about a foot high and will eventually reach about 6 foot, I love how the new leaves look fluffy and soft, like miniature pine trees.
I thought I had lost a number of my lavender bushes but this little one was having none of it, and to prove me wrong is producing lots and lots of new leaves, so I will only have a couple to replace this year.
The Hostas are particularly slow in making an appearance this year but hopefully in May there will be a good show for the next Garden Bloggers Foliage Day.
Thank you Christina from Creating My Own Garden of the Hesperides who hosts this monthly meme. Please hop over to her blog and take a look at lots of foliage posts. It is always so interesting to see what is happening in gardens all around the World.