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Monday, March 16, 2015

Foliage Followup, March, 2015 -- Be-Leaf in Me

I love this time of year in the garden -- spring in general, but early spring in particular -- when deciduous shrubs start to leaf out again. It's like a magic trick.

Hydrangea quercifolia -- still has last year's leaves, we had such a mild winter

Viburnum trilobum 'Red Wing'

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'  -- with its spidery flowers starting to curl up, and the new leaves just starting to emerge

Cornus sericea 'Arctic Fire'

Spirea japonica 'Magic Carpet'

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty'

Do you have some favorite foliage in your garden right now? Blog about it for Foliage Followup, where garden bloggers focus on the role of foliage in their gardens, always on the day after Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Pam at the blog Digging is our host. Check out her March post here.


  1. Lots of magic tricks outside this time of year! thanks for sharing some of those from your garden!

  2. Oh! I love all of your emerging foliage! Your cornus 'arctic fire' is glowing nicely.

  3. Spirea is one of my favorite shrubs to emerge from winter's sleep. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope of color.

  4. I love this emerging time too. We have some very exciting Japanese maple emergence going on.

  5. I agree - every time I see new foliage emerging from a tree or shrub, it feels like a gift!

  6. Spring is quite advanced in your area, we're still quite behind with spring growth.

  7. Ignoring the science teacher part of my brain, I think it's magic, too. It's just incredible that all that plant is tucked away in a bud. :o) Fabulous photos!

  8. The foliage in spring is as colorful and lovely as the foliage in fall.

  9. I be-leaf you have a sense of humor that just won't quit, a camera that doesn't miss a thing and an attitude that keeps us all smiling.


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