#AtoZChallenge L – Leaf quiz & Lovely Lilies

As last weekend provided some lovely sunny weather, I decided to take a few shots around the garden of the spring leaves. I’m a bit of a shrubaholic (if such a thing exists). See if you can guess these leaves… (there’s no guarantee I will remember all their names though!)

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There are three shrubs in the picture below – but I only planted two of them.

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And remember this?              P1160167 (2)

Now looking more like this


These last ones are special to me. If you’ve read my book Visions of Zarua you might know why. It’s not looking its prettiest at the moment, but give it a few weeks!

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Lovely Lilies

Lilies from a visit to Kew Gardens last year. So many beautiful varieties. According to my foraging guide (see F for Foraging post) you can cook and store the seeds of the lily but the rest of the plant is inedible (stringy and horrible I scribbled in my notes, though thankfully he didn’t expect us to try any).

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I look forward to your guesses on the leaf quiz.


Tomorrow M for … mmm I don’t know yet!

Links to previous A to Z posts here

8 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge L – Leaf quiz & Lovely Lilies

    • Yes, the buds are from a lilac. I actually know the plant as a Syringa. I didn’t know it was called a Lilac so I’ve learnt something too!
      I’m also really excited about these buds as I’ve had the plant a few years and its the first time it’s got proper buds. Can’t wait for the flowers.


      • Ooh, I didn’t know it by that name so thank you for the lesson! Oh yes, the flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and they attract bees. We have a Lilac in our garden; it started out as a tiny sapling, and my dad and step-mum bought it to fill the hole in our lawn that the dog insisted on digging every time we filled it in. The tree took a couple of years to take hold, but then we trimmed it back one winter and now it is huge! It almost engulfs our small garden, but the flowers look so beautiful that I don’t want to cut it down again. I can see it from my kitchen window and it always makes me smile, especially when the birds perch on its branches 🙂

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