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May 23, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Coral Bells, All in the Rain

After the Storm

Red Foliage of Coral Bells

Not too many flowers in the perennial garden yet, but some of the foliage is quite attractive wearing this morning’s rain drops.

The start to the Memorial Day weekend was a rainy one. I watched the sky for awhile this morning, the gray clouds massing dark and brooding. Then the clouds thinned ever so slightly and a patch opened, a portal of blue sky.

We planted the perennial garden 3 years ago, and we spent a long, hot month digging up grass, adding mulch and compost and more black rich earth, and then choosing perennials according to size and color and blooming time. There was this big plan drawn out on paper, but we’ve lost a a few plants each year, so the plan has gone awry. We started putting in whatever we were attracted to, and our spur-of-the-moment choices were not always the right size or color, or they bloomed all in one area at the same time. But I always pick perennials with foliage I think is lovely, so there are yellow green leaves, deep green shiny leaves, variegated white and green leaves, and dark purple ones all tumbled in with the usual garden greens. Almost like a mixed salad of foliage.  Today there were only the starts of a couple of flowers in bloom, so I photographed leaves in swirls and curly leaves, all with rainy bits dressing their surfaces.

It was a great way to begin the long weekend!

12 Comments

  1. Marcie / May 23 2009 5:23 pm

    Love the warm soft colors..and especially how the leaves are ‘wearing’ the raindrops. Enjoy the weekend!!!

  2. montucky / May 24 2009 12:11 am

    Very pretty with the rain and very well composed! I hope your weekend is going well!

  3. edvatza / May 24 2009 4:05 am

    Sometimes we focus so much on the flowers that we (I) forget the beautiful foliage. Nicely composed and captured. Really like the raindrops.

  4. Anna Surface / May 24 2009 7:37 am

    Really like the colors and raindrops. Very nice capture.

  5. ceanothe / May 24 2009 8:50 am

    The rain and the leaf, a magnificent meeting for our eyes!

  6. oneshotbeyond / May 24 2009 2:26 pm

    the tones of reddish pinks are lovely…the rain drops make it that much more interesting to view…

  7. Robin / May 24 2009 2:33 pm

    This is a beautiful capture, Bo.

    Please send some rain my way. We really need it.

  8. Bernie Kasper / May 25 2009 2:47 pm

    Wonderful textures and color in the foliage Bo, and the water droplets add a great touch, well done !!

  9. suehenryphotography / May 25 2009 8:19 pm

    Coral Bells do have such interesting foliage and you have captured the foliage in all of it’s beauty! The rain drops add additional interest. Nicely captured.

  10. Gandalf / May 26 2009 7:56 am

    The texture for the eyes is wonderful in this photo.

  11. ybonesy / May 28 2009 11:04 pm

    I planted several of these this year, but mine are now a sort of yellow-red color. I wonder if they need nutrients.

    Loved reading about the foibles of a perennial garden. I’m going through the same thing.

  12. ybonesy / May 28 2009 11:04 pm

    p.s., why do some people make perennials seem so easy?

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