A close-up of a dogwood (Cornus) leaf basking in early morning November sunshine.
I find close-ups of leaves fascinating and this one, with its intricate network of veins, reminds me of skin – particularly dry skin like mine.
I like dogwoods – they provide all round interest in a garden with their pretty leaves, flowers, buds, and Winter stems. They seem to grow quite happily on shallow chalk as we have here.
I had previously wondered about the common name and discovered a couple of days ago that it comes from ‘dag’ meaning ‘skewer’ or ‘dagger’. Apparently the strong stems were used as skewers for meat in days gone by.