GBFD September – Foliage Returns

With spring flowers stealing the spotlight, it’s nice to see some of the deciduous trees and shrubs leafing out early this year (the dry, sunny weather means they are about 3 weeks ahead of shedule).

The first leaves are fresh and perfect, and this year, after a very cold winter, I don’t have to contend with an onslaught of aphids keen to get a jump on sucking sap before the ladybugs arrive to feast on them 🙂

Here is a selection of some of the foliage that has opened in the last week or so:


L:R Betula pendula ‘Dalecarlica’; Hydrangea quercifolia; Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’


Clockwise, L:R Spiraea x bumalda ‘Goldflame’; Picea glauca v. albertiana ‘Conica’ & Santolina chamaecyparissus; Rosa ‘Climbing Iceberg’; Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Japanese Maples are particularly effortless in the upper Blue Mountains.

I was able to purchase a few bare-rooted, cut-leaf, weeping varieties at a very good price during winter…so I couldn’t resist.

Once these start to mature, they lend an amazing sculptural quality to a garden; especially one that is steeply sloping like mine. For now, they are just little sticks, but they will fill out over the next few years!


L:R Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Ever Red’ ; Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Seiryu’; Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Orangeola’

Linking up with Christina at My Hesperides Garden. Do take a look at the foliage that has captured bloggers attention this month!

Happy Gardening 🙂


28 thoughts on “GBFD September – Foliage Returns

  1. I’m envious of the Japanese Acers, they’re something that just won’t grow in my windy hot garden. Lovely to see all the new growth, signs of things to come. Thanks for participating in GBFD again this month, Matt.

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    • Thanks Bruce – it’s been a very early spring this year with lots of sunshine and mild temps…although we had sleet last night and this morning is freezing! (I guess that system will hit NZ in the next day or two)

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  2. Oh, a happy Spring to you!! How nice that you’re heading away from winter and into the growing season. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere salute you!! (And, are probably a little jealous??)

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  3. An elderly nurseryman from Melbourne who specialised in breeding rhododendrons moved to Tasmania many years ago. I was privileged to visit his private garden with a friend in the industry and was amazed to see just how many weeping maples, conifers and rhododendrons a person can add to a few acres. A most spectacular garden with an awesome display but so far out in the sticks that unless you were driving past in the middle of autumn you wouldn’t even notice it. I think he has passed on now but that garden will live on.

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    • It’s true – I am used to it now! I do love the Japanese maples. The normal ones pop up like weeds everywhere in the garden, so I figured the fancier ones will really do well 🙂


  4. How lucky you are to be able to grow Japanese maples without difficulty, Matt! If that was possible here, I’d probably have a small forest of them. They generally look good here for only about half the year and are best kept out of the strong afternoon sun as they tend to burn. Out watering restrictions aren’t helping them much either…

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    • Thanks Kris – standard Japanese maples self-seed everywhere in my garden (I’ve given something like 40 away this winter)…if I didn’t pull them out, I would have a small forest!


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