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Garden Leaves

Garden Leaves: Fern – 9 in a series

  They don’t sport showy flowers, but ferns can be a dramatic statement in your garden — and in nature — especially when massed together. Witness this field high on the flanks of Mount Etna where naturalized, native ferns, make up most of the understory plants. For me, ferns are important as they tolerate shade […]

Garden Leaves: Tomato – 8 in a series

When anyone thinks about tomatoes, they typically only think about the wonderful fruit we all love to eat. In reality, though, it is only through the long hard work of the tomato leaves that we gain anything at all. Without their vigorous growth, our tomatoes would be small, tasteless little things that wouldn’t appeal to […]

Garden Leaves: Oak (Quercus) – 7 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Oak (Quercus) I grew up in the land of maple […]

Garden Leaves: Opuntia – 6 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Opuntia These modified paddles and spines might not look like […]

Garden Leaves: Fittonia – 5 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Fittonia Photo; Douglas E. Welch Wow! I came across these […]

Garden Leaves: Echeveria – 4 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Echeveria These might not look like traditional leaves, but leaves […]

Garden Leaves: Lemon – 3 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Lemon A shot of our lemon leaves here in the […]

Garden Leaves: Pittosporum – 2 in a series

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Pittosporum Pittosporum is a lovely, evergreen, plant used in many […]

Garden Leaves – 1 in a series from A Gardener’s Notebook via Instagram [Photo]

In the natural world, flowers get all the attention and I have been guilty of perpetuating that bias here in my own blogs. That said, leaves are amazing, too, so in this series I will highlight the many forms of leaves available out there. — Douglas Garden Leaves – 1 in a series from A Gardener’s […]