Weather is a fairly consistent element of my gardening thoughts currently. Yesterday’s hot, dry, sun was quickly replaced with cool and damp, rain today.
As a consequence of the rain, I have today enjoyed exploring the effects of rain on foliage in the garden.
Lots of interest in the leaf shape, vein pattern and texture. Some glossed with water, while others are speckled with raindrops.
Like when choosing construction materials for a UK garden, we should consider how plants look when wet as well as dry. This way, we can design to create combinations with this in mind.
How many of the pictures can you identify? No prizes, just pride. Answers below.
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
Curly Parsley - Petroselinum crispum
Fuchsia procumbens ‘Argentea’
Hebe x franciscana ‘Blue Gem’ ambig
Psuedowintera colorata ‘Marjorie Congreve’
Squash ‘Disco’ - Cucurbita maxima
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpurea’
Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’
Cobaea scandens tendrils
Escallonia ‘Red Hedger’
Lawn Grasses - Poa, Festuca and Lolium species.