A Carpet of Leaves And A Much-Loved Dress

Leaves carpeting a woodland floor
Leaves carpeting a woodland floor: ivy, geranium and hellebore

I couldn’t help noticing this pretty mix of leaves – their colours and textures seem more like a design than purely accidental. The feathery leaves are Herb Roberts (Geranium robertianum), looking their best in autumnal colours; the glossy leaves are some form of hellebore and the veined ones, ivy. Spent pollen stalks have added their forms to the mix. 

Now, if only I could find a dress with this pattern on it – floral patterns seem to be in this season, so perhaps I have a chance. The leafy pattern reminds me of my favourite dress, shown here with a faded rose in my lap. If you’ve met me in real life, there’s a good chance I was wearing this!

Floral fabric with faded rose
Cabbages and Roses floral dress with a half-dried rose that seemed to complement its spirit and colours. It’s hard to distinguish the twisting leaves from the fabric.

I don’t think I am typical in my willingness to wear the same dress over and over if I really like it. There’s quite a lot of pressure on us to ring the changes, not just from society, or the fashion industry, but from ourselves. But I still love wearing this dress just as much as on the day I bought it. It makes me feel happy, and what can be better than that?

25 Replies to “A Carpet of Leaves And A Much-Loved Dress”

  1. It’s a long time since I heard the words Herb Robert, although I know the plant well. we have some growing at the bottom of our garden. I wonder how it got its name.

  2. What a lovely colour combination, would make beautiful dress. I wear my favourite clothes continually, I am not a ” fashionista ” and I really miss them when they eventually wear out. Because they are so old by then the fashion has long gone and can never be replaced. Sigh….

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