A garden may be resplendent in green but only green can be monotonous. Flowers in different colours are no doubt the best garden feature but if for certain reasons one can't be so lucky, like me, variegated foliage is an attractive option. Constraints of space on the ground and the quality of the soil are my main reasons. Apart from a few summer varieties, I can only think of two--zinnia and cosmos- flowers can be grown only in winter. I believe the garden reflects the personality of the owner, and in my case, it's more of a scatter-brained, Calamity Jane (literally!) kind of area. All the palm trees in the photo are in containers. Now I have to rack my brains about placing the pots so that they aren't in anybody's destructive (highly likely) path!! The green, striped grass of home looks good placed with something greener or with alocasia. An assortment of variegated foliage adorns my coffee table. View from the back--it's like looking at things from a different perspective!
Recently planted coleus--will need some time to perk up!
This dead beetle was amidst my plants. My camera does not do any justice to its vibrant beauty!
A little back-yard arrangement. The blue pot is a recent addition. Last, but not the least, are my hybrid bougainvilleas. Hopefully, with time the blooms will be prolific!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau