CFFC: Green Foliage

Poinsettia leaves

Most poinsettias are thrown away after Christmas. This one survived long enough to become ‘just’ green. Only the red stems give a hint of the colourful bracts that will be produced when the short days return.

Variegated weigela
Variegated weigela

These leaves are a bit more jazzy, but I couldn’t resist. I think Cee will let me get away with them.

Leafy pattern

While walking a few days ago, the patterns made by emerging foliage caught my eye. I have no idea what it is – perhaps someone can help? It was nobody’s treasure, either a weed or a garden escape, and its habit was vigorous and spreading.

Leafy pattern

As the leaves age, they broaden and are less orderly. The yellow splodges are buttercups.

I’ll leave you with a green scene:

Multi-stemmed tree with a leafy underplanting
Multi-stemmed tree with a leafy underplanting

Shared for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Green Foliage

21 Replies to “CFFC: Green Foliage”

    1. This one belongs to a friend who has a rescue centre for them. For all three to die shortly before Christmas was bad luck.

    1. It looks familiar to me too. I have been clutching at straws, considering a wild rose, various brambles, meadowsweet and even elderberry, though it is not a tree. I’ll have to keep an eye on it. The flowers ought to help. If it is a raspberry I will be sure to take good advantage of it later in the year. I’m not convinced though. I think it would be more upright and have fewer leaves per cluster.

  1. I can’t believe how healthy that poinsettia looks! But all these greens are most welcome. We are being poached in humid heat right now and these greens, especially the thick dark greens in the bottom photo, are almost as good as air-conditioning! I don’t know what the mystery plant is, but it sure looks happy.

    1. That’s a turn around. It only seems like a few weeks ago you were under snow. It does seem to be a happy plant – elegantly so – though it’s one of those that has world domination in mind.

    1. I’ve never had a poinsettia, although some of the latest colours always fascinate me. It was thriving in a rescue centre for poinsettias.

    1. A pure accident, perhaps luckily for I might have felt obliged to go with ‘I’ll leaf you…’ which would have been a step too far.

  2. That last picture really struck a chord with me. Could have come from my garden. Do you know what the leaves by the ferns are? Love the V of red on them.

    1. You’re in good company because that was taken at RHS Rosemoor. I think they are some form of Persicaria runcinata, perhaps ‘Purple Fantasy’ or similar.

  3. I have no idea what your mystery green might be, but my first thought was of elm leaves. The shape and texture are the same, although what you photographed clearly wasn’t a tree. Elms are in the order Rosales, and rose leaves sometimes have this same appearance. Interesting.

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