Love Affair With Leaves

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My love affair with leaves is no secret…..


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Step into my garden, and you’ll soon suspect the truth:

There is no shyness about the amazing variety of foliage sharing our garden.


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We invite the beautiful and unusual to meet and mingle here.


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Though you’ll  find tiny little Box and Crepe Myrtle leaves facing the street,


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Once inside the gate, you’ll discover huge Colocasia, brightly painted Caladium, towering Canna and delicately etched Acer.


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Elegantly frosted ‘Gryphon’ Begonias  flutter in the breeze on their long petioles. 


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Fragrantly fuzzy Pelargoniums exuberantly spill out of their pots.


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And in those shady quiet places, ferns uncurl their fiddle heads into long and elegant fronds.


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What sheer delight to watch them grow! 

How bright the spaces where they glow on rain washed days.


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Begonia, Heuchera, Ajuga, Sage;


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Aralia, Alocasia, Sarracenia, Rose.


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Their names roll off the tongue like a mantra.


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They emerge from soil and stem,

fragile branch and woody trunk like dancers on a stage.


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They swell from tiniest bud to fully formed leaf

in red and purple, green and bronze, chartreuse, white and silver blue.


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Nip the bud and more will follow.


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Let them touch the Earth and roots may grow.


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Stroke them, smell them, dry them, eat them;

fill a pot to overflowing with them, listen to them sing on summer breezes.


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A growing obsession…..


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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

9 responses to “Love Affair With Leaves

  1. Superb and inspiring pictures (and words), as always. I’m sure you polish them before you make them pose!

    • Rain polished- These were all taken in about 15 minutes after the rain moved out, and while there was just enough sunset left for a few photos. The light at the end of the day always feels magical to me ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. Beautiful – I’m with you all the way!

  3. We might often think of foliage as providing only the backdrop with the flowers as the actors centre-stage, but you have shown us beautifully how leaves can be just as important for colour, structure and texture. 🙂

    • Thank you, Peggy. The foliage definitely lasts longer than all but the toughest flowers, and can be counted on to ‘go the distance’ through our long growing season. Thank you for visiting today ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. amazing shapes and leaf colour !

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