London photo: so many greens


I had a little outing over the weekend to Croydon (which is part of Greater London), and one of the places I visited was Heathfield, a once-private estate now owned by the council, with gardens that are open to the public.

As my aunt, whom I was with, pointed out: every color here comes under the banner of “green,” yet they’re all so very different. And beautiful.

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Mon, Aug 24, 2015 11:25pm
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 8:52am

Help with what? :-)

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 1:25pm

Oh, just a jokey link to help describe types of green. :-)

I remember being absolutely wonderstruck when I visited the NY Botanical Garden, and then frustrated when I could only describe it to my friends afterwards as “lots of flowers and trees.” I’ve always wanted to build up my nature vocabulary.

reply to  Bluejay
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 2:20pm

Random childhood memory: When I was little, I saw a children’s musical called—I think—Beethoven on Third. One of the songs was about a composer trying to describe the magnificent natural wonders around him. Every time he tried to write about a beautiful forest or hill or field, it was so breathtaking that he couldn’t come up with anything but, “It looks…green.”

reply to  Danielm80
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 2:24pm

I suppose there ARE ways to talk about green. For instance, green is the color of spring. And green can be cool and friendly-like. And green can be big, like a mountain, or important, like a river, or tall like a tree.

reply to  Bluejay
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 1:57am

I have a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, and am a Certified Master Gardener, but even I remain overwhelmed at the amount of things there are to learn in regards to plants, trees, flowers, insects, ecology, etc. etc. I know a lot, but on a grand scale, I know nothing. It’s very humbling. I love that it’s a continual learning process.

reply to  MarkyD
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 12:39pm

“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.”
— John Archibald Wheeler