The Gardening Gone Wild photo contest for April has the theme ‘Green World’ in which the judge, Rob Cardillo, has requested images where “the color green steps up and takes the spotlight for a change”.
As is often the case for these photo contests, one of the challenges is to sift through the various possibilities to come up with a single entry. I was tempted by just the scene of our pin oak in the early morning light.
Then there were the surprising seeds on the Chenmou Elm from the Easter visit to the National Arboretum.
The Euphorbias are interesting because they provide such a rich range of greenish colors, from reds to yellows.
After all what does polychroma mean but ‘many colors’.
Another interesting green highlight is the Euphorbia hybrid ‘Blackbird’.
Similarly the epimediums offer a rich palette of greens, with some leaves showing splendid edge designs.
However in the end I selected for my entry a daffodil. In this case it’s where the green is in place of yellow that makes all the difference.
The green in the cup comes as a delightful surprise when you have been enjoying a host of more conventionally colored daffodils and it echos the green in the petals and the surrounding grasses to provide a very satisfying early morning encounter