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Baby Leaves!

April 18, 2013

mollyscott

After what felt like a really long, if not very cold, and certainly not very snowy, winter, DC is in its full spring glory. The DC Cherry Blossoms did not disappoint—in fact, unlike last year, they bloomed during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Convenient, that.

Spring brings new surprises in the garden every day; its genuinely exciting for me to go outside and see what is showing its head on any given morning. I even find my designs affected by what I see in the new leaves and emerging buds. It might be a subtle thing, but the way a leaf unwraps from the bud, the sheer new-ness of colors on baby leaves, the way new leaves on a tree are often tiny, perfect replicas of what they’ll look like at maturity; are all worth noticing in the garden, maybe even more so because they’re gone in an instant.

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer, but the promise of spring, the pleasure I get when a plant pops up and I think “Oh right—that’s what that is!”—is what makes spring my favorite season.

Until we get to summer. And then fall…

Baby leaves for you to enjoy…

Young Oak leaves--I love how they are perfect little replicas of late-summer Oak leaves

Young Oak leaves–I love how they are perfect little replicas of late-summer Oak leaves

Check out how wonderful and textural these Oakleaf Hydrangea leaves are as they open up

Check out how wonderful and textural these Oakleaf Hydrangea leaves are as they open up

Maple leaves and flowers in the morning sunlight
Maple leaves and flowers in the morning sunlight

Smoke Tree leaves emerging look like roses!
Smoke Tree leaves emerging look like roses!

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