Donna at GardenWalk GardenTalk has asked us to talk about Pattern and Texture for her Word 4 Wednesday meme. I am very interested to read what others have written, because this topic is one that we gardeners could talk about indefinitely!
Texture and pattern are usually talked about in a design sense. When you look beyond the bloom.
So, if you want a mini-design lesson on texture, one of the best I ever read is here:
The Secret to a Beautiful Garden by the Renegade Gardener
Please take the time to click on his link. It's a bonus lesson from me to you. (And, no, I don't know him, and he doesn't know me.)
So, that's texture. Now let's talk about pattern. No design lesson here. Instead, I'm going to tell you about one of the smallest patterns you will see in a garden, but one that I love to look for.
Anyone that has grown a plant close to a window or in half shade knows that the plant grows toward the light. This phenomenon is known as phototropism.
How plants do this bending is remarkable. The cells on the darker side of the plant actually grow longer than the other side. What allows them to do this is a hormone that breaks down the cell walls so that the cell can expand without breaking, thus allowing the plant to turn and bend.
And not only does the entire plant slowly bend toward the light, but each and every leaf turns to where it can get the most light. Like a class picture where even the child in the back has his face toward the camera, each little leaf raises his neck just enough to smile at the sun.
That's the tiny pattern that is both beautiful and amazing to me. Next time you are out in the garden, look closely at your plants. You will see each little leaf showing his face, smiling to the sun.
I can almost guarantee you will smile back.