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Monday 24 April 2017

In a vase with bonus Foliage day!

It's so good to wander round with some secateurs and choose what to put in a vase. Such a change from a month ago when there was so little choice. 

I started with these purple leaves. I don't know what this plant is. It's a spreader by shallow roots and has white flowers somewhat like a cow parsley. You will probably see it again next week as it will be in flower. 

Other things in this vase:
Whitebells again. I'm not exaggerating when I say they are coming up everywhere. 
Peachy wallflowers
A viburnum I found flowering in one of our hedges. 
The first aquilegia to flower. The colour is just right with the purple leaves. I like all these tones together. 

Here is a twig of crab apple (NoID) with the tree flowering in the background. I love a vase stuffed full but having just one thing enables you to appreciate the detail. This is for my kitchen windowsill. 

For plenty more colourful and creative vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden - In a vase on Monday.

Now imagine this is a new post and that I posted it a few days ago on the 22nd. Christina from My Hesperides Garden hosts Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day for a focus on foliage for a change. 
My week has been rather hectic but here are a few fabulous foliage highlights from my garden in April.

 Carpinus betula. A tree in a pot. When we agree on where it should go it will get a new home but meanwhile is putting on soft new leaves.

Santolina. So soft and fragrant. 

Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'. One of my favourite shrubs. I had this in my previous life and it was huge and wonderful every spring. I dug up a suckering shoot and brought it with me and am so pleased that it survived. It hardly flowered but that really didn't matter. This photo really doesn't do it justice. 

Heuchera 'Midnight Bayou'. This has been in full leaf all winter. Most of my others look a bit of a mess. I think I mention this one at least once a month. 

A very tidy mound of lemon balm before it get unruly later in the year. 

Tiny Viburnum opulus leaves. I love tiny new leaves!

Just a few highlights from an April Garden bursting with life. 


  1. Rich, beautiful combination of flowers Alison. The crabapple is lovely too.

  2. Crab apple blossom has to be my favourite of all the spring tree blossom. Your foliage part of the post is perfect; you have lots of plants that have great foliage, especially in spring when everything is fresh and new. I love the pewtery purple hues of the Heuchera, I wish I could keep them alive here but they don't like drought conditions. Thanks for your contribution to GBFD this month.

    1. Thank you. That's a shame, I do find heucheras a bit tricky but some people have no trouble.

  3. The colors in your vase play so very well together with a beautiful result. I would have kept the crab apple blossom separate to enjoy as well. You're right about having somethings just by themselves to marvel at the individual detail.

    1. Thanks. I'm still enjoying it but it is very open now. No buds.

  4. Thiose colours really do go well together, especially with that peachy coloured wallflower in there. Very pretty!

    1. Thank, I only have one of those, the rest are rather more garish!


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