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Of leaves, cameras, and comments

by Diana Studer - gardening for biodiversity in Cape Town, South Africa
I started with a Kodak Instamatic. Now with my third Canon the camera hears me - no, not the flower behind or in front, nor the twig over there, or the wall way behind! Disconcerted by a magnifying block - which checks politely - this leaf, in all its alarming detail??

For Pam @Digging's monthly Foliage Follow-Up the camera and I collected leaves for texture, colour, and interest. Autumn Fire flames on the Karoo Koppie are Crassula and coral aloe.

To light up the blue and purple flowers in Cornish Stripe I choose leaves with white variegation. Cyperus, Plectranthus madagascariensis, and Marble Chips Coprosma.

Silver leaves for the pink flowers at Spring Promise and the new camera captures the down on Dusty Miller, with Dymondia lawn, Santolina curls and nutmeg Pelargonium in blue grey.

Succulents on the Karoo Koppie. Red Aeonium and spotted Aloe. Teeth on Aloe marlothii. Golden new leaves on spekboom. Reindeer a…

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