Leaf Lines

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Each leaf grows like a sketch. 

First, there is the single line of the petiole, which then morphs into a rib.


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Soon, more ribs branch out from the main one, tracing beautifully etched patterns.


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We can not see the artists’ hand, yet every leaf grows steadily into an exquisite work of art.


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Although no two are quite identical, we can see themes and variations on this intricate bio-dynamic meme of a living, growing leaf.


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Our garden is our gallery, and July offers the most perfect opportunity to enjoy countless compositions of leaves in growth.


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We can find most any leaf we can imagine, in a rainbow of colors.  Toothed edges grow on some, while others sport a wavy fringe.


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Large and small, lobed and smooth, striped, speckled, or solid; all leaves begin with a single living line.   A dynamic line transporting the juices of life; conducting the magical elixir of growth.


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Woodland Gnome 2015 


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Inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up


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22 responses to “Leaf Lines

  1. Lovely leaves, great photos. Sometimes leaves are much more intricate than the flower. Nice interpretation.

  2. You have quite the collection of wonderful leaves! I have one of those Sauromatums too – I love their speckled stems holding up those stately leaves as well.

    • Thank you, Anna. The stems are quite amazing, as are those huge leaves! Do you ever find more than one leaf growing from a rhizome? I am looking forward to seeing how they bloom this coming year. Thank you for visiting 😉 WG

      • I have five leaves now, (two big, three smaller) but it has been there for a couple of years, so it’s rather established. Don’t recall seeing a bloom yet, though. 🙂

        • That is very interesting. So yours must look like a little shrub by now. I’ve never grown this before, and am utterly fascinated watching it 😉

          • It is such an odd beast. I honestly don’t quite know what to expect, so for now I’m just standing back and letting it do its thing. So far I’m loving it! It’s not shrub-like – just five leaf stalks emerging from one point. Wish I had more space to give it, so it could get center stage – it’s certainly an attention getter…

            • That is very good to know. I wonder what they do over a longer period of time? You are wise to just observe for a few years 😉 I’ve read they may be divided during the dormant season. I have three of them planted in an arc, about 24″ apart in front of our Edgewothia. The shrub makes a good back drop. It is green on green, but quite interesting. It sounds like the show will just improve with time 😉

  3. WOW! Fantastic post – Love all these leaves, miracles of creation! 🙂 ❤

  4. Impressive gallery of leaves. I just purchased my first Begonia. Any tips for its care?

    • Thank you, Rickii 😉 What type of Begonia did you purchase? If it is a tuberous Begonia, with large flowers and fleshy stems, let about the top 1/2 of soil dry to the touch between waterings. All Begonias respond well to feeding. I use dilute Orchid food to bring them into bloom. They will burn easily in full sun, unless you have one of the sun-tolerant varieties. Even thy appreciate partial shade in the hottest part of the day. I hope you enjoy your Begonia 😉 Will there be photos?

  5. brilliant leafs ! but what is the plant called on picture no 5 ? I’ve never seen it before

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