Foliage Follow-Up: The Fresh New Leaves of April

Folliage Follow Up is sponsored by Pam at Digging. For this month, I can really only offer the new growth now just starting to come in on many perennials. While not dramatic, the fresh green lifts the spirits, and is certainly beautiful in its own way.

So here is a selection.

Peony
Peony

 

wild geranium
Wild Geranium

 

wall iris
Wall Iris

 

Nepeta
Celandine Poppy

 

Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke

 

Daylily
Daylily

 

Do you have fresh green growth pushing up through the soil of your garden? Does it make you happy?

45 Comments on “Foliage Follow-Up: The Fresh New Leaves of April”

  1. The rising of the peony buds reminds me of my childhood memories! I love peonies. Alas, they don’t grow in San Diego! Here’s a short story I wrote about my childhood.

    Mary Jane Mueller was a wiry woman who wasn’t afraid to get her hands in the dirt. She didn’t have a husband, so I suppose she did much of the work around the house herself, especially work in her garden, which wrapped around her patio. That garden was a mystery to me, full of intrigue. In my earliest years I recall waiting for spring when the plants, who had retreated into the earth for the long Midwest winter, began to sprout. As the days of spring grew longer, I voyaged to that garden to see if the plants had awakened from their sleep. Though Mary Jane’s garden was only next door, to me it seemed like a very long trek. Weaving my way up the gentle hill, through the shrubbery between the yards, I made my way to that magical place.

    I would go the places where, before the snow and cold had come, huge plants, nearly as big as me, with long green and white leaves had grown. I knew they were hiding now, deep inside the earth. I knew they would be coming back soon. I would go there and watch for the purplish-red tips to peak out from the ground. And once those plants began to sprout, I knew it wouldn’t be long before the garden would return. I loved watching them grow into the massive green giants I knew them to be.

    Mary Jane was very generous with me. In the summer, when the garden was in its glory, I would ask her the names of the plants. But I would never remember, so I would return to ask again and again. Mary Jane always told me the names of the plants as if it were the first time I had asked her, with just as much patience and pride as the day before.

    I now see that my early experiences in Mary Jane Mueller’s garden were the seeds of my passion for gardening, which has now become both my vocation and my avocation. It’s funny how certain threads weave their way through life. This morning I ventured out to my vegetable garden to see what seeds I had recently planted were sprouting. The spinach is up now. So are the radishes and scallions. No coriander or carrots yet. I’ll check back tomorrow to see who’s come up from the mysterious earth.

  2. Oh yes! I’ve been walking round my garden squealing every time I see another plant appear! The latest shoots are still to be identified as I forget what is where! Does your wild geranium take over if you don’t watch it?

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