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Lots of Lovely Leaves!


Inspired by a great blog from Hywel, I decided to venture into the garden to take some photos of the plants whilst it was raining.
Rather than concentrate on flowers, I thought the leaves would make a good subject.
With a bit of cropping courtesy of Windows Photo Gallery, I present the best ones out of the many taken.

This is a leaf on one of my Antirrhinum molle plants. The leaves are covered in soft downy hairs.

A leaf from one of my Aquilega plants: they were growing all over the place when we first moved in, so I kept some of the best ones.

This is one of my many Crocosmias: Crocosmia paniculata from Natal, the red form.

Another South African plant: this time Geranium harveyi.
The underside of the leaves are covered in silvery hairs.

The marbled leaves on this Geranium orientalitibeticum are really beautiful and with the really large, pink flowers, this is one of my favourite Geraniums.

Geranium psilostemon produces the biggest leaves.
A stunning plant to grace the border.

I love Heucheras: here are leaves from the 4 varieties I grow.

My hostas have come through the winter unscathed and all have been ignored by the snails and slugs.

The rain and wind had bent the stem down a bit on my Lilium henryi hence the unusual angle.

I have 2 Meconopsis plants growing in dappled shade.
It is a plant I have yet to be successful with. The hairs on the leaves are quite prickly to the touch.

The leaves on this Polygonum look artificial!

I only have one Rose and this is it: I bought it as an unnamed species a few years ago. It has lovely creamy white flowers.

Another favourite plant genus of mine is Thalictrum.
These are leaves from 3 of them. They look a little like ducks feet!

A plant with tiny leaves but so much detail when you can see them close up, I have Thyme creeping about in various places on my raised beds.

This one is a gorgeous Campanula with powder blue flowers: a lovely contrast.

Geranium renardii leaves are just fabulous!

Androsace are great plants for the raised bed and rockery with their fluffy looking leaves and primrose like flowers.

Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos as much as I did taking them. I shall be looking more carefully at leaves in the future as they are more interesting than they seem at first glance.

Happy gardening!

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this is a lovely idea ~ great photos ~ thank you! i love the raindrops on the leaves ~ the hostas are great for that; the geranium leaves and the heucheras are wonderful

30 May, 2011


Thank you! I have just added some more photos.

30 May, 2011


You took some very nice photos, GDad...everything seems to be thriving and looking so fresh with the raindrops having revived and awakened the leaves.

31 May, 2011


love the hosta leaf one of my faves,fab pics

31 May, 2011


Such lovely shades of green

31 May, 2011


I like the hosta leaves with drops of rain water on too! Very pretty all your pictures.

31 May, 2011

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