“It’s not easy being green.” ~~ Kermit the Frog
Well, with all apologies to Kermit, it seems it really is pretty easy to be green. A walk through Ray’s Garden today shows me a seemingly endless variety of shapes and and shades of green.
I am not the gardener here — I am simply the chronicler of this lovely piece of earth where I am blessed to work. I can’t tell you the names of most of these plants but I am endlessly fascinated by the colors and especially, the textures.
While not a domestic gardener, I do possess a Peterson’s Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers which is my bible for all wild things green and growing. It is tattered and worn and scribbled in from being carried around in a backpack for years. My favorite part is the back end-pages and the charts of leaf shapes. Such a wonderful litany of Shapes:
Ovate, Delta, Lance, Heart, Kidney, Spatula, Elliptical, Pinnate, Palmate
Mealy, Rasplike, Smooth, Glandular, Hairy
Whorled and Basal
“The one had leaves of dark green that beneath were as shining silver, and from each of his countless flowers a dew of silver light was ever falling, and the earth beneath was dappled with the shadows of his fluttering leaves.” ~~ J.R.R. Tolkien
(Oh, I do love green …)