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Foliage in my wet winter garden

After Barbie showed us her winter garden I thought it was about time I ventured out into the garden between downpours to take a few photographs so I too can show you my wet winter garden. This weekend it has rained pretty much non-stop here in the Newlands valley where I live. Its been cold and chilly and I have not been inspired to do any major garden projects. We’ve been staying indoors, keeping warm and reading the odd gardening book. On my walk-about today I realised that it’s all about the foliage at the moment – and the Camellias of course, but I’ve gone on and on about them in the last few weeks, so today I will focus on the foliage and the promise of things to come …

[one_half]View to my back gate – a burst of redView to my back gate - a burst of red[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Its wet, wet, wet everywhereWet, wet wet everywhere[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Red foliage of the Nandina peeping throughRed foliage of the Nandina peeping through[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Freesias are coming up in the back gardenThe back garden where the Freesias emerge[/one_half_last]

[one_half]There is colour in the new grass gardenColour in the new grass garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cape thatching reed looks wonderfulCape thatching reed looks wonderful[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Irises getting ready for SpringIrises getting ready for Spring[/one_third]

[one_third]The colour on NandinasWonderful colour on the Nandinas[/one_third]

[one_third_last]The wet wintery Alley-wayThe wet wintery Alley-way[/one_third_last]

[one_third]Rain drenched Murraya exoticaRain drenched Murraya exotica[/one_third]

[one_third]Nandinas up against the wallThe Nandinas up against the wall[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Rain, rain, go away …Rain, rain, go away ...[/one_third_last]

[one_half]Ixia bulbs coming up in the grass gardenIxia bulbs coming up in the grass garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ixias in a moveable pot for a sunny bedIxias in a moveable pot for a sunny bed[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The Tulips are doing well in moveable potsThe Tulips are doing well in moveable pots[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I’m growing Dutch Irises for pickingI'm growing Dutch Irises for picking[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sweet Babianas growing in a pot this yearSweet Babianas growing in a pot this year[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More new Irises are coming upMore new Irises are coming up[/one_half_last]

[one_half]More Tulips in pots for SpringMore Tulips in pots for Spring[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Look! All the new buds on the JasmineLook! All the new buds on the Jasmine[/one_half_last]

I’m joining Christina for June Foliage Day who says her garden looks as if someone went crazy in it with a blow torch!

I hope you enjoyed the walk through my winter garden.
Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

15 replies on “Foliage in my wet winter garden”

It’s refreshing to see your wet garden. I can imagine you’re planning for next spring and looking forward to all your irises and tulips! You’ll have a nice cutting garden.

Hi Christine, even if i don’t know most of your plants, they look very good and healthy. But my problem is i like to post the same style as your photos, hahaha, 2X2 or 3X3 in one line. How do you do that, sorry i am so disorganized!

Oh my goodness, you could post about Camellias every time as far as I’m concerned! They’re so beautiful and we can’t grow them here. Your captures look like they belong in a professional gardening magazine! Lovely!

Ahhh, nandina. Yours looks great and is one of what I consider the perfect shrubs. Alas, it’s not hardy in my part of Connecticut. But, it’s great to see yours.

I do enjoy the Nandina Lee! I know a lot of people consider them ordinary, but I love the changing foliage over the seasons and the look of them. They are real stalwarts in my garden 🙂

WOW!! There is so much happening in your garden!! The bulbs all look amazing and the best is the Nandinas – amazing red foliage! Still one of my fav’s in your garden! The Cape Thatching is one grass I still want. I see it alongside the road and am tempted to grab a few! 🙂

I didn’t know you wanted thatching reed! It would grow fantastically in your garden – you have the ideal conditions! We’ll have to get you some!

Thanks for joining in this month. It was so refreshing to see your lovely ‘green’ and other coloured foliage too of course. I have Nandino too, mine have been slow to flower this year, I think they were confused by the hot March and cold May. I enjoyed seeing your tulips coming up, a reminder that it’s time to do an order ready for autumn. Christina

Thanks for the support & encouragement Christina! I was delighted to read about your experience with Lilies in pots and am going to try that this year with two lovely new pots I have!

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