cornwall in colours: spring shades (17 shades of green)

A walk in my favourite local “garden” on Sunday revealed lots of new life springing up – shrubs and perennials with bright new leaves; Euphorbias ranging from the palest yellow to brightest green, some with a dark red ‘eye’; variegated, spotted and striped; round, oval, crinkled, spiky; leathery, furry and prickly – take your pick. There were signs of damage though – some shrubs with burnt and brown foliage, a lot of agapanthus in a soggy mess and one or two worrying landslips due to the recent cold weather.


  1. I love euphorbias and have always wanted to grow a couple but I’ve never seen them in a nursery. I must nick a piece next time I see one and try to grow it from that. Lovely green collage, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol. I tried growing some from seed when I moved in here, but nothing happened. I think I know why! I am going to try again with three established plants and see if they cope better.

  2. pommepal says:

    I am always amazed at how many shades of green there are in nature. This is a good way to showcase them.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love all the different greens, such a soothing colour. (Well, except for lime of course!)

      1. pommepal says:

        Lime really pops doesn’t it

        1. Heyjude says:

          I am going to try a Euphorbia this year among my new white garden. If it all comes together.

        2. pommepal says:

          That will look stunning, but can they stand the colder winters?

        3. Heyjude says:

          Treat as an annual I suspect. Though the ones in the Memorial walk seem to survive.

        4. pommepal says:

          Maybe take cuttings in autumn and keep them coddled indoors if the outside ones snuff it….

        5. Heyjude says:

          Good thinking.

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