Anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time will know how much I love my Melianthus Major (above). And seeing it in the sunlight today prompted me to join Christine at My Hesperides Garden with her Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, even though I’m a day late!
I’ve used my Macro lens, so these photos are close ups, deliberately concentrating on individual leaves, rather than the whole plant.
It’s been interesting to look at foliage rather than flowers today (and just as well at this time of year!) and I’ve been interested to see how much blue/silver toned foliage I have, including this tiny Pachyveria succulent,
The only red at this time of year is the Cornus and the inherited Phormium below. I’m not really a fan of phormium and I’ve inherited four. One I think I should really have out, but the rest provide good structure, so I’ll probably leave them alone this year.
My lovely Stipa tenuissima grasses are looking quite dead, but they will return! Meanwhile they’re still providing lovely movement along the back of the grass bed. I’ve combed them through but don’t usually cut them back. They should start regrowing fairly soon.
One plant I don’t think I’ve ever featured before is another inheritance, a bottlebrush, Callistemon citrinus. This has got quite large now but I’ve read you can’t prune too severely as it won’t regenerate from low down (a bit like lavender) so I think I should give it just a light trim this year, immediately after flowering, to try to keep it in check.
And to finish, I guess these catkins are strictly flowers, but somehow they sit better here than on GBBD! These are the lovely catkins of Garrya Eliptica, also known as the Silk Tassel Bush.
With thanks again to Christina for hosting this lovely meme.