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Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’

Red is a strong colour in the garden this Spring, nestling amongst the bright apple greens of the emerging foliage.


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Bonsai Maple


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Epimedium x versicolour ‘Sulphurium’


Sometimes it’s not only the leaves that are red.

Injury Season has begun as well. I could have said ‘kicked off’ except that might be ill-suited from a recumbent position on the sofa with a heavily swollen ankle perched high on a pile of cushions. When one toils in the most extreme of circumstances these things are to be expected after all. However careful the gardener is, gravity, eventually, cannot be denied.


And how did it happen this time?

Slithering from the top to the very bottom of the Precipitous Bank? No.

Falling out of a tree while pruning? Nope.

A headlong dash up the 84 steps in anticipation of the next plant delivery? Not even that.

Tumbling off the terrace wall straight into the penstemons? It wouldn’t be the first time now would it..


No, I stepped off the patio on to the lawn. All of six inches. Like I’ve done so many thousands of times before.


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The most galling part has been gazing out of the window at the near perfect Spring weather we’ve had this week. There’s so much going on in the garden right now. And so much to do.


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Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’

Perfectly crinkly leaves edged in crimson.


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Peony ‘Pastel Splendour’ (Itoh Hybrid)

No buds yet but the foliage is almost enough on its own.


It’s amazing how much growth can explode if you are absent even for a couple of days.


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Ferns have started to uncoil


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The Crocosmia seems to have doubled in size.


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Lily Of The Valley

Soon enough there will be flowers but for the moment their foliage shooting up between the primroses provides a pleasing contrast. Like little exclamation marks.


There’s just no holding things back at this time of year.

It could be worse. The gardener may be injured, but she has a plan. Yesterday, with Mike’s assistance (and wearing one of his shoes), I managed to tend to my young charges in the greenhouse. And when the attractions of the sofa are wearing a little thin, there are other ways to rest and elevate an offending limb.


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Hills can have their uses too.


Linking to Christina at My Garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day. Click through for more delightful Spring (or maybe even Autumn!) foliage.


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