An Abundance of Foliage

It’s very easy in the middle of summer to be blinded by all the flashiness and spectacle of an abundance of colourful blooms, yet it is also when the garden is in full leaf. Green foliage, green grasses, green buds, sometimes green flowers and even green seed heads as they gently fade to their natural bleached shells.

acanthus

Acanthus mollis leaves and new flower spike.

Some leaves have been inspiring artists and craftsmen for centuries and acanthus leaf motifs can be seen all over the ancient world of the Mediterranean.

Carved capital acanthus

Acanthus leaf detail.

And, of course, William Morris was inspired by acanthus leaves too.

Detail Morris wallpaper

Morris Acanthus Wallpaper

But, there are plenty of other plants with superb foliage to admire and get us designing.

Finally, it is only the second week of July, but all the aquilegias are setting their seed and providing another interesting, sculptural shape for our visual delight.

Aquilegia seed heads.

Aquilegia seed heads.

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About agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.
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2 Responses to An Abundance of Foliage

  1. Karen says:

    As an art historian, I’m accustomed to seeing the sculpted representations of the acanthus, but not the actual plant. It was lovely to see a photo of the real thing!

    • agnesashe says:

      Thank you for your comment. The fascinating thing about a motif like the acanthus is seeing its reinterpretation spreading across time as well as physically through Europe and beyond. I think my favourite source for vegetal design is the pomegranate – it is just asking to be worked into an overblown, ornate textile.

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