After being so amazed at the beauty of the Hellebores, last week, I couldn’t help but see the huge contrast between that kind of beauty and the beauty of the emerging leaves of Rosa rugosa, this week. The very sharp (no pun intended) contrast of the soft, tender, lime-green leaves, on the same branch as the old spikey branches was so very graphic. Also, the texture of the leaves, with the definite “pleats” is most interesting, I think.

Rosa rugosa - first leavesRosa rugosa - emerging leavesRosa rugosa - lime green new growth