First, let's look at some greens from last year's garden. A couple of them, admittedly, are summer bloomers--but I liked them so included them 'just because'. A clematis seed head makes for an interesting shot:
The green center of this petunia draws the eye in, don't you think?
Perhaps the center of this dianthus spells green to you? Or is it the ant that holds more of your attention?
The round, leaf-enclosed buds of peonies are a riot of green...
...but does the red edging takes the focus too much away from the green?
I really wanted to choose this shot of a fully-packed lily bud before it explodes...
...but it's from last year as well, and since these lilies aren't blooming just yet I wasn't sure it would be appropriate to enter it.
After looking through some more 'recent' photos, I wasn't able to find any that filled the bill for me. I went out earlier this evening (about 7:30 pm) to snap a few--but found that the battery in my 'good' camera (the SLR) was dead. So I used the point-and-shoot instead. It was getting a bit dark but I didn't use a flash for any of these. It had been a dreary rainy day today so the foliage was covered with water droplets.
The light green of the fresh, new leaves of the crepe myrtles really shines:
This is the first year I've ever planted Euphorbia in my garden (this is 'Blackbird') and I have enjoyed it's interesting foliage and flowers--with just the flowers shown here:
Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound' is new this year in my garden, as well. I've heard some people say it looks gangly and scruffy when wet, but I think the water droplets add further interest to this low-growing, non-invasive perennial:
Hostas are popping up all over the gardens. Some varieties are still in the process of opening up, such as this water-drop-speckled one which I planted just last year (the variety, I think, is Frances Williams):
...just a little closer view shows the two-toned blue/green of the leaves, especially at the very bottom of the photo:
Anyway...I finally made a decision to use the photo of the lily bud, above. I don't believe there is a rule that says the photo has to have just been taken, and after some consideration, decided it was the one, in my mind, that expressed the 'concept' of the assignment best.
Just as there are too many subjects in green to choose just one, there are also a multitude of excellent garden-blogging photographers out there. I always find it hard to pick a favorite. Check out the April photo entries at Gardening Gone Wild and see if YOU can choose a winning shot.
Today I am thankful for the multi-hued greens of spring!
Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble