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Friday, October 12, 2018
Silver Lined Clouds and Pink Lined Leaves (These are a few of my favorite things!)
Earlier in the year (during the month of June) when I saw the pink "lining" on the leaves of my Continus Coggygria (AKA Smoke Bush), a shrub which provides shade to my Mouse Ears (as seen in the picture atop this entry taken in my rooftop garden), I have been wondering about the origin of the idiom “every cloud has a silver lining,” so I finally looked it up and here's what I found: "The idiom is most likely traceable to the year 1634, when John Milton Penned his masque Comus. In it, the quote appears as 'Was I deceived or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?'”
Now that I know the origin of clouds having a silver lining, I'll try and find out why the leaves of a smoke bush have pink lining during certain times of the year and I'll let you know if I find the reason.
Meanwhile, I do have a number of entries within this blog that discuss this awesome shrub and I'll leave you with this link to refer to them as well as with a few more pictures of the Smoke Bush's pink-lined leaves.