Just look at how the leaves change their colour when they unfold and grow larger: from dark red to light green with just a touch of red around the edges …
Chestnut buds opening up fill me with wonder. The leaves enclose the flower buds like little hands, unfolding one by one. How cherished these flower buds must feel.
Finally, just before the flowers open, the tree show off its leaves like lovely drapes of fresh green cloth.
Arboretum Poort-Bulten, De Lutte (NL) – April 7, 2020.
The last picture was made on April 21, 2021.
There are several Japanese maples grouped together in the Arboretum Poort-Bulten in De Lutte (NL). November 17, 2020.
Alchemilla is called ‘women’s mantle’ in Dutch. It carefully collects dew and raindrops on and in its leaves, and some days begin particularly elegant!
I didn’t notice the beetle in the picture below until I uploaded the files to my computer. (Front garden, July 18, 2020).
A new cone and fresh new leaves with a flourish – European Larch (Larix) in spring.
April 14, 2020 – Arboretum Poort-Bulten.
Do you see it? A tiny brown caterpillar on one of the leaves of this gorgeous cherry tree. Arboretum Poort-Bulten, De Lutte, April 2020.
Physocarpus opulifolius (in Dutch: blaasspirea) is a rather photogenic plant. It is doing quite well in my sunny and dry backyard. I love the dark red foliage, complemented by pinkish flowers in early summer that are followed by lovely glossy dark red seedheads.