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Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’

New Spring foliage is burgeoning forth all over the garden. It’s a great time of year.


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Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’

The leaves look so vulnerable when they first appear but, like the wings of a butterfly, they’ll soon fill out. I really must try sowing some of its seed this year.


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New foliage doesn’t come much more dramatic than Pieris. This is the one I chopped to the ground a couple of years back. It was a six footer at least: a cluster of leaves atop a tall bare trunk. Renovation pruning does sometimes work. The challenge now will be to keep it at this height. The geum in the foreground echoes the colour.

Those with long memories may remember the rather ostentatious azalea that stood out like a beacon in the middle of the terraces last year. That’s it in its new position, on the far right above. It’s only just started to open but it’ll look so much better lighting up that dark corner don’t you think?


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Cercidiphyllum japonicum


This is the tree that has a delicious aroma in autumn, of burnt sugar. I love it just as much for the elegant heart shaped leaves. As they emerge in spring they have a reddish tone. But only, it seems, if planted in sun. When I bought it I had the bonus of a baby in the same pot. I carefully separated them and planted the offspring in a shadier location. Its emerging leaves are all green.


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Saxifraga stolonifera


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Epimedium. NoID. Lost label. Doh.


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The ferns are at various stages of opening, depending on how much sun they get.

This is the stage I love best I think.


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Asplenium scolopendrium

The Hart’s tongue fern. Is it just me thinking meerkats?


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Arrhenatherum bulbosum variegata


The deciduous grasses are growing back too.

I have the label of this one beside me on the desk (the system does work sometimes..) Height 9″.

Ha! On the terraces it grew to not much short of 3′. I’ve moved it up on to the bank to provide a companion for Verbana bonariensis. What do you bet it stays at nine inches now?


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Libertia ‘Gold Finger’

An evergreen (ever yellow?) It’s been this colour all winter, positively glowing in the sun.


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Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

Containers don’t have to be reserved for flowers. A dramatic grass can be moved around to provide a vibrant backdrop to whatever might be in bloom.


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Leycesteria formosa aurea ‘Goldleaf’

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A serendipitous combo..

I love the foliage of Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’. But don’t the flowers look so much better against the darker leaves of Geranium phaeum alongside?  Of course the geranium should be taller by now. It would be, had not the bunnies decided to give it a premature Chelsea Chop.




And finally.


From abundant foliage to no foliage at all.


With the risk of frost receding the ducks have returned from their winter quarters in the shed.

In their absence, things have changed…


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Linking up with Christina’s Garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day.

Click through (here). This month Christina describes yet another threat to our beloved box plants. An essential read if you grow it.