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Morning walk!

Leaves alone

High 65 F
Low 47.2 F

How many variations of leaves are there?  I think the number must be infinite and just when you think you have seen the most lovely leaf in the world, another presents itself.  The leaves of the Japanese maples vary tremendously in color and texture .   The golden full moon maple, Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' seen here Dsc_0001_2 is hardy to -20 F, has a yellow, palmate leaf which, en masse, lights up a shady spot in the border.  This is a tree which will reach about twenty feet in height and turns wonderful shades of red in the fall.  The Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium ' Dsc_0003 has strikingly incised leaves which have great texture and intense fall color.  Here is another maple, Acer palmatum dissectum,Dsc_0003_2 which is available in red leaf or green leaf and provides that finely drawn profile which enhances every garden.  Here are a few other wonderful leaf combinations including Dsc_0023 Heuchera 'Purple Robe' with Japanese painted fern,  Heuchera 'Green Spice' Dsc_0012 and the
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'Polemonium_stairway_to_heaven_2 which is quite nice despite that name! The garden is in its'  cloak of spring blooms and all of these leaves just serve to enhance the picture.  Do you have a favorite leaf?  I'd love to add it to my collection.    

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