Green and Damp

As I was cutting the flowers for my Monday vase, I noticed how verdant the raindrops from a recent shower had made the foliage of the garden. I’ve never been organised enough for the monthly Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day organised by Christina of My Hesperides Garden, and now in remembering to link back to her page I find that she has sadly felt obliged to stop her lovely meme for reasons of time deficiency. I know the feeling, Christina, and am continually impressed by anyone who manages to maintain any sort of regularity. Christina gardens in the dry heat of the Mediterranean, a climate as far removed from mine as can be; she relies a great deal on foliage to create structure, movement and sharp graduations of texture, while the colours remain earthy and soft. If you have not yet come across Christine, I do recommend nipping across to her page and having a look at the masterly way she has handled her tricky terrain.

Anyway, better late than never with my foliage, and I hope these pictures may reassure all readers that I am as appreciative of leaves as of flowers.

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The climbing rose ‘A Shropshire Lad’ with its red-wine leaf margins
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Even as the deep dark leaves of Cotinus coggygria ‘Dusky Maiden’ turn fiery vermillion, those exposed to less light remain mottled green.
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There are certain plants that become show-offs with raindrops. Alchemilla mollis is one of them (another is the lupin).
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Variagated pals: apple mint and Nasturtium ‘Alaska’; the latter beginning to turn.
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Fresh and lovely: Fatsia japonica
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A new hydrangea: a gift from my mother. Not foliage but bracts, tinged and speckled pink and green.
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Another hydrangea, my favourite: H. paniculata ‘Limelight’. Bracts are modified leaves that act as petals.
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No matter how many times it was tied in, this strand of Clematis montana ‘Miss Christine’ always managed to escape.
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Leaves and whirligig flowerhead of ‘Miss Christine’.
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Ivy crawls and trails from many pots in the front garden. By autumn, it rambles all over the paths.

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