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. Tish Farrell says:

    Such a verdant square of squares.

    1. Heyjude says:

      it was good to see that many plants had survived the horrible weather. Not so good about the land slips.

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        The land slips are indeed worrying. Britain has forgotten how to do proper land drainage.

  2. Couldn’t you stretch it to fifty shades??? A lovely lot anyway

    1. Heyjude says:

      Possibly, but then I’d need several collages 😀
      You packed now?

  3. Ali says:

    Yes, for the first time I have seen damage to euphorbias. But they’ll come back because they’re made of steel! I love Euphorbia martinii, the one in the centre!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, thank you for the name. It is rather a gorgeous one. I might have to find a bit of room for one of those 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    Very artistic 🙂 🙂 I used to say ‘I don’t like green- it’s boring!’ These days I say ‘I don’t like grey- it’s wet!’ 🙂 Have a good one!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… mentioning wet…
      Going to be a banking day today 😦
      And housework.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Ugh! 🙂 🙂 I’ve exhausted myself clambering in and out of the tops of cupboards but if it’s any consolation it’s not much better in the Algarve. Becky posted a video on Twitter of wind howling and rain raining on their apartment window. 🙂 🙂

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Yes, green is rather special after a long, cold winter. And restful to the eyes.

    1. Heyjude says:

      To be honest it is very green down here all year round except for the trees and hedgerows. Less dreary than other parts of the UK.

  6. beetleypete says:

    Nice to see some colour somewhere.
    We still have rain, mud, mist, and more rain…
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, not like Pete! We had a shower this morning but it is dry and cloudy now and quite warm. Hung washing outside yesterday and even managed a few hours in the garden!

      1. beetleypete says:

        It has been an insufferably long winter here, Jude. 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          Sounds like it! Time to re-evaluate where to retire to? Southern France or Spain not appeal?

        2. beetleypete says:

          Julie wouldn’t move that far from her family, Jude.

        3. Heyjude says:

          Maybe a long winter holiday in Crete? You liked Crete didn’t you? Or am I thinking of someone else? I am working on the OH to escape for some winter sun, this year even he was fed up.

        4. beetleypete says:

          I have been to Crete. But it was in August, so too hot by far, ( 40-45 degrees) and I was bitten to insanity by mosquitoes. Typical me! Never happy…x

        5. Heyjude says:

          But in winter time it is probably a perfect temperature. And no mossies!

        6. beetleypete says:

          Wintering in Crete. I like the sound of that. Very Jazz Age. 🙂 x

  7. I love all the greens of spring, and your collage, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy, the new greens are very cheery.

  8. Anabel Marsh says:

    So pretty! Still waiting expectantly for spring here …

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I was a late comer to the euphorbia appreciation society, but I’m there now. They make a nice show as long as you don’t let them seed everywhere!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I believe I tried to grow some seeds when I first moved in here, but nothing appeared. Perhaps my garden is one place they don’t grow! Or perhaps the S&S got to the new shoots first. Keeping a watchful eye on my lilies this year to ensure the tops don’t get munched (if only I could remember which pots they are in though! I have to check every pot ‘just in case’ )

  10. I love all those shades of green – they are full of the promise of lovely things to come. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Amazing how quickly it greens up. Even my Goat Willow trees are showing signs of greenness.

      1. Nature is very resilient, isn’t it?

        1. Heyjude says:

          Some plants are very brown still. I’ll give them another couple of weeks before removing them. A shame that I seem to have lost a (hardy) fuchsia that I raised from a cutting, and a couple of half hardy ones too.

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