Yesterday’s weather was a mixture of rainy downpours and sunny spells. In between downpours I popped out to the garden for a few minutes to take some photos of the beautiful raindrops on the Alchemilla leaves. Then when I saw this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Spots and Dots, I realised these photos would be perfect! So, enjoy my spots, dots and drops of rain sparkling in the ephemeral sunshine…


Alchemilla mollis, or lady’s mantle, is a herbaceous perennial that forms attractive, pale green clumps of leaves that are shaped like scallop shells. Being densely but finely hairy, these catch droplets of dew and rain, which sit as miniature spheres on the leaves, catching the light and resembling shiny beads of mercury. The dense, frothy sprays of yellowish-green flowers held just above the leaves from late spring until early summer blend with the apple green foliage in terms of colour but add a diversity of texture that gives the plant a subtle charisma.


By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


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