Kat in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, shared some photos and thoughts on gardening with children earlier, and today she’s got a set of photos to share on the theme of color.
Until this past year, I went through a long phase of wearing black and gray clothing; it suited the seriousness of my job and made life easier in the morning. But this summer, on the same day I bought a purple balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 4–9), I bought a lemon yellow print shirt and made a resolution that it was time to stop dressing like doom and gloom. Now I dress like my garden! I think the fresh greens of woodland planting, brilliant botanical jewel tones, prints of flowers and birds, and rich pops of color are more consistent with how I want to express myself in the world.
I know evening primrose (Oenothera) walks a fine line between weed and wildflower, but I love the bright yellow in the lush green surrounding an old stump in our back corner.
The balloon flower that inspired an embrace of color!
These daylilies were salvaged from the side of our house and are multiplying happily in a tough planting area under our black walnut tree.
I love the spider camouflaging itself on a daisy, matching the petals and doing its best to blend in.
These firelight hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Firelight’, Zones 3–8) are newer plantings but took off very well, turning a deep raspberry hue by the time fall came.
The firelight hydrangeas are in their fall colors. The contrast with the lime green hostas as an underplanting was a happy accident.
In one of my few containers, I grew a mixture of mounding nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus, annual) in yellow and orange, and purple Scabiosa. The scabiosa have been moved to the garden to overwinter, so next year will bring something new to this space.
The colorful shirt, alongside an overachieving Liatris spicata.
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