I am back in Aberdeen after a very wet stay at my sister’s down in the New Forest in Hampshire. Unfortunately her mother-in-law was in hospital following a stroke which meant a daily round trip of about 3 hours for visiting. I went down to help with some of the day to day stuff that was getting neglected. Now, my priorities were not necessarily the same as my sister’s and I did manage to plant some spring bulbs both in the garden and in pots. I did feel some days that I would have been better planting rice as the soil is quite heavy clay – not good after continual rain. I do hope the bulbs survive. Irene was making good progress when I left and will hopefully be home for Christmas and certainly in time to enjoy the bulbs in the Spring.
So on Friday it was back to an equally wet Aberdeen. I managed to get out briefly yesterday to take some GBFD photographs and plant a few more of my own bulbs.
At this time of the year the variegated shrubs really come into their own. I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea but when you have such a long dark winter you need all the brightness you can get in the garden.
I have a very mature shrub of this same Eleagnus Maculata in the bottom hedge and it has been wonderful. I had a bit of trouble finding the same variety for the long border. It was put in as a very small shrub in April 2013 – see how much it has grown.
This rhododendron at the bottom end of the long border is also growing fast now I have given it some space.
And the boring white house wall benefits from some euonymous plants.
Everywhere the garden looks very yellow and brown, with most of the brown coming from fallen beech leaves.
But not all. . .
The leaves provide a foil for some lovely green plants. .
The garden is not totally green, yellow and brown. If you look hard you can find a bit of colour.
The cotoneaster leaves are a lovely shade of pink at the moment.
There is the odd pretty leaf on the cherry
And is the Nandina actually going to give us an Autumn display this year?
More reliable colour comes from the Cornus round the side.
And the Cotinus
My Erica Albert’s Gold has recovered from its lack of correct pruning in its early days and looks a lovely splash of green agains the dark leaved Escallonia Apple Blossom.
When you are desperate even the shrivelled leaves of the Echinops have a certain beauty.
Throughout the damp garden the mosses and lichens are growing very happily.
This will look so pretty in the Spring when those primroses are out.
Until then we can continue to enjoy foliage posts thanks to Christina’s Garden Blogger’s Foliage Days.