Monday, May 21

It's not all about flowers.

Looking round the garden, as you do, checking what is growing, what is flowering and what is still hiding underground possible dead, I noticed just how much interest and colour is being provided not by flowers but foliage.

It seemed a cue to get out the camera and go round the garden collecting photos.

I knew there was lots of leaf interest but the number of photos that I managed to take surprised me. I've collected them together in the album below and even then I haven't included all the ferns maybe another time.

Reminders:
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13 comments:

  1. I love the fact that there are so many different shades of green...some are even so different you wonder if you can actually still call them green!!

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    1. I suppose in a way Tanya you could say that about quite a lot of colours. It's a wonder children ever really learn what green means!

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    2. the grass is green...anything else is window dressing...lol

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  2. I don't think you realise just how much foliage gives to a garden until you look at everything together like this. There's so many different colours, shapes, sizes, patterns and textures.

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    1. And the photos are really onlt just the ones that have 'obviously' attractive foliage. If I was to photograph different shapes of leaves that would be yet another dimension.

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  3. This is why I always advocate taking a close look at the veg we grow. Some veggies have really beautiful foliage (Kale, Chard, Beetroot, Fennel etc) which you could quite reasonably grow just for its ornamental value.

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    1. You're absolutely right Mark beetroot foliage edged with French marigolds looks stunning. The bronze versions of fennel and red kale are beautiful as well as the green varieties.

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  4. I really enjoyed that series of photos. In my front garden, which is predominantly Australian natives most of the plants are chosen as much for their foliage as anything else. I have some lovely silver and grey plants, as well as those chosen for the shape of their leaves alone. Of the veggies though red cabbages are my fav foliage plant.

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    1. Silver and grey for hot dry conditions eh Liz.

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  5. I enjoyed your photos! And I discovered the name of a shrub growing in my garden - Weigela.

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    1. A bonus then kelli, The weigela is weigela florida variegata to give it its full name!

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  6. Lovely set of photos, by any chance do you know which lamium that is? I have a small amount of a pink flowered variety but I do like the white.

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