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Thought for today - Blog Post 19/07/2020 Foliage and Rain

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.



Salvia officinalis

Mahonia x media ‘Charity’

Curly Parsley - Petroselinum crispum

Fuchsia procumbens ‘Argentea’

Hebe salicifolia

Hovenia dulcis

Linaria purpurea

Hebe x franciscana ‘Blue Gem’ ambig

Psuedowintera colorata ‘Marjorie Congreve’

Squash ‘Disco’ - Cucurbita maxima

Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpurea’

Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’

Cobaea scandens

Cobaea scandens tendrils

Escallonia ‘Red Hedger’

Lawn Grasses - Poa, Festuca and Lolium species.

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