Thursday, 20 November 2014
The Colour Collaborative: November: Leaf
Although it's November and most of the leaves are orange and red and yellow, I've come here to talk about the colour I love the most when it comes to gardens and the countryside, green.
I don't dislike autumn, far from it, but my favourite time of year is early summer, when the new leaves are stretching to their full potential, turning from a fresh acid colour to a deep healthy green. The air feels invigorated with their growth, almost as if I can feel all of that oxygen pumping into the atmosphere.
A big part of the beauty of the English countryside is its greenness. Everywhere you look, something is growing. In spring and summer it completely takes my breath away. I love the woods and the hedgerows, the pretty gardens and dark green leaves against ancient stone.
There's every shade of green out there, from the palest mint to the deepest bottle green. I'm always really drawn to gardens filled with just green. The different textures and colours can be truly beautiful. The structure of evergreens, the movement of grasses and the drama of more tropical leaves. And they all do their bit for the environment.
The green leaves of the world are such an antidote to everything we do that pollutes our planet. The cleansing breath of the rainforest provides 20% of our oxygen. Of course, every tree helps, it doesn't have to be in the rainforest. I've always loved houseplants too, I used to have over eighty before I moved here. Mostly green leafy ones, not many had flowers. It was a little bit of the rainforest in my home.
Wherever I am, I'm always happier when I'm surrounded by trees and green leafy plants. It's impossible to go for a walk in the countryside without coming back in a better mood, I guarantee it. As well as being good for the planet, green is good for the soul. A world without our leafy plants is unimaginable and our beautiful green landscapes deserve protection and preservation.
To visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below:
Annie at Annie Cholewa Gillian at Tales from a Happy House
Sandra at Cherry Heart Jennifer at Thistlebear
What is The Colour Collaborative?
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.