My garden is full of leaves right now, so I was delighted to get an email from Emma from The Nice Green Leaf about June 30th being a day to post about about our big green leaves.
Leaves are the backdrop and foundation of the garden. Without them, even the prettiest flower would seem naked and exposed. The flowers need the leaves. We need the leaves!
It's the leaves that keep the plant alive, that perform the miracle of photosynthesis that makes life possible on this planet Earth.
Leaves are fascinating and beautiful all on their own, even without flowers. I love my "Red Banana" Ensetta maurelii leaves, planted in containers by my backdoor. I think I should have a shirt tie-dyed to match.
Leaves tell us about what is going on with plants.
These red maple leaves are telling me that they could use a bit more nitrogen, or maybe a change in soil pH so they can better absorb the nitrogen already in the soil.
Leaves can grow very large very quickly.These grape leaves were barely there a month ago, and now they are truly big leaves, shading the grapes beneath. I read somewhere that you should prune out some of the leaves on grapes so the sun can get to the actual grapes and they'll ripen faster. Or something like that.
But I can't bring myself to cut these back.
Some leaves seem to say, "Reach out and touch me."I'm a big time leave toucher. I'm that person in the garden center who is reaching out to touch each plant as she walks by it. In fact, when I was in Austin this spring, I had to remind myself not to touch the leaves because many of the plants there were unfamiliar to me and might have had a bite or sting.
I would never voluntarily touch the leaves of this thistle.It just looks like a mean plant, doesn't it? It has issues, I'm sure of it and wonder what happened to it along the way to make it turn so 'mean'.
I like some leaves because they are fancy looking, likes this variegated Heliopsis.This is 'Loraine Sunshine' and she is blooming now, with yellow daisy-like blooms, but you hardly notice the flowers because of the fancy leaves.
Leaves are out there, exposed to all the elements. Rain, sun, hail, slugs, aphids and look at this a Japanese beetle, all seem to want a piece of the leaf.I hate the Japanese beetles. They have arrived right on schedule. This one, by the way, met with an untimely death in my garden. I hope, and plan, for others to meet the same fate.
Would you like to see the biggest leaf in my garden right now? It's this leaf on the spaghetti squash.That's big. I sowed the seeds for this on May 26th. A mere 35 days later, here is this big leaf. It's amazing.
Check out Emma's blog at Indyblogs to see who else is admiring their leaves for The Big Green Leaf Day.