Seeking Out Color

No! No! No!

We are not ready for greys and browns!

Not yet, it is too soon.

What’s that you say?

It is December already?

How did that happen!

Oh well then, guess there is nothing else to do but make the best of it.

Arms up in the air and eyes open wide while we whiz through the rest of 2011.

We shall seek out color in the garden wherever it can be found.


The Photos:
1. Oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alison’
2. Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’
3. Winterberry hollies, Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’ and I. verticillata ‘Sparkleberry’
4. Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’ and Calluna vulgaris ‘Blazeaway’
5. Heuchera ‘Brownie’ and Carex testacea
6. Kale volunteer from the compost bin
7. Daylily foliage with Dixie wood fern, Dryopteris x australis
8. Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’
9. The bluest late fall sky with a silhouette of deciduous Azalea.


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20 Responses to Seeking Out Color

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Oakleaf Hydrangea is about the only color in the garden other than the evergreens and a few faded blossoms. We will have to depend on those lovely pots and our imagination for color for just a little while.

    Hi Lisa, the oakleaf is an important winter element, even without the leaves. Those cinnamon velvet stems are gorgeous and not evident when the foliage is about. We have to look a little harder, but there is beauty everywhere, even in winter.

  2. Sue says:

    Love those gorgeous blue pots! What a splash of color.

    Thanks Sue, glad you like them. This is a case where the pots are the focal point rather than the yuccas with which they are planted. They give interest to a paved spot. One of them is cheap plastic!

  3. Gail says:

    Frances, Thank goodness for containers and Oakleaf H and let’s not forget the kales and cabbages! A volunteer even! They help my garden, too. Love your blue sky, it was so welcome after days of rain. Have a wonderful weekend; 63F by Saturday! xxoogail

    Thanks Gail. The oakleafs really are garden worthy, year around interest, even without those nice large leaves. I am hoping the kale flowers and sets seed to continue the goodness. The warmth will be appreciated!

  4. 7aces/Darla says:

    Brown is a color 🙂 It has been frosty here the last few mornings… goodness hasn’t this year flown by?

    Hi Darla, brown is certainly a color, and lets the form and texture come to the forefront. I admit to needing a bit more to get me through the winter, but there are plants that can furnish reds and yellows then, thank goodness!

  5. Valerie says:

    The colour we see today is white. It is snowing in the Sandbox. Have a great day Frances. V

    Thanks Valerie. White can be pretty. Maybe it is so early now, you aren’t tired of looking at it, yet. So far the white we have seen is heavy frost.

  6. Cindy, MCOK says:

    We never know what to expect from winter down here in my part of Texas. We already had a light freeze, which is early for us. It makes me wonder if it’s going to be another severe winter. All I can do is wait & see … and have old sheets & towels handy to cover tender plants!

    It can be crazy down in Texas, I remember it well, Cindy. Polar fleece and flip flops were not uncommon!

  7. Phillip says:

    Let’s hope that it hangs around a little while longer!

    Yes, I will miss these reds and yellows when they are faded to tan and brown, Phillip.

  8. That is exactly what I love about this season — it just stubbornly holds onto color for as long as it can. And when winter finally wins over and washes everything in dull grays, we can then rely on man’s (and woman’s) inanimate creations such as colorful pots, painted stones and other garden decorations to liven up the place.

    Thanks for visiting, Hanna. It gets harder and harder to find color as winter washes, as you say. There are a few colorful conifers and evergreen perennials to add a little color, thank goodness, but still, spring will be so very welcome.

  9. My Kids Mom says:

    Yes, it is almost all brown here too (except for a new plot of Obedient Plant which is blooming up a purple storm) but remember, Christmas gives us an excuse to drape it all with glitter and color! Go put ornaments on dormant trees and bring holly inside!

    So true, Jill. Christmas is the festival of lights, to brighten the darkness. We have several hollies, some deciduous and some evergreen, love them all and adore the meaning they add to the holidays/holly-days.

  10. Elizabeth McLeod says:

    It is very chilly here in British Columbia, Canada. We are bringing the color inside and decorating for the festive season. Out garden plants have been through their first freeze! Our slopes are open for skiing earlier than the norm! I love idea to hang ornaments from trees. Our front foor has a festive theme and has ornaments on it.
    I know our neighbors will share their holly! Happy December fellow gardeners.

    Hi Elizabeth, thanks for joining in here. Winter is certainly here, and decorating inside and out helps keep the dreariness at bay, at least until January. Holly is wonderful in so many ways!

  11. ricki says:

    You will never be without color with those striking blue pots! Kudos to you for taking matters into your own hands.

    Hi Ricki, thanks. I am attracted to cobalt blue pots, and decided to put them all together. It seems so logical now, but they used to be scattered about.

  12. goodtogrow says:

    Gorgeous photos as usual, Frances!


  13. Lola says:

    Oh my, love that red. Crazy for the blue pots. I also have kale but it is green. Edible I hope as it was planted for such. Kale & potato soup? Sounds yummy. Do you agree?

    Thanks Lola. Kale and potato soup sounds divine!

  14. Kathleen says:

    Frances ~ you are in my head! I’ve been saying this for a month! ha. Anyway, glad it’s December ~ we’re one month closer to spring. I do love December tho because of the holidays. btw ~ I think you still have lots of color! We’re supposed to get more snow tomorrow. 😦

    Hi Kathleen, thanks for adding in here. There is no more denying it, December is here and always goes by quickly. We will enjoy the festive times and try to slog through those early months of the year without too much complaining. Enjoy your snow, it does make everything pretty.

  15. Lythrum says:

    We have a little bit of color left here too, I still try to search it out also. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. 🙂

    Hi Lythrum, thanks for visiting, nice to see you here. Color can sometimes be found if we really look.

  16. Lyn says:

    Wonderful post, Frances! It almost made me wish we were heading into winter here. Almost 🙂 I love the group of Yuccas in the blue pots.

    Thanks Lyn. I do love the respite of winter in the garden, it makes spring emergence that much sweeter. There is nothing that compares to spring!

  17. pusepilde says:

    Wow, those blue containers gave me an idea!
    Thanks for the inspiration, Frances:

    from one of the darkest, -but luckily not colourless, places of the world at this time of year.


    Hi Hilde, thanks, so nice to see you! I am so glad to have triggered an idea for you! Stay warm!

  18. Greggo says:

    i suppose I’m ready.

    We might as well be ready, winter is coming whether we are ready or not.

  19. It is nice you still have color. Much is fading here, but a few diehards are still hanging in there. Your photos are very lovely. I like the last one the most for the story it seems to tell. Looking at it makes me think of things to come and hopeful that they will.

    Thanks Donna. The greens are fading fast here, as well, with some heavy frosts recently. We will be depending on evergreens of various colors soon, and the lovely tan of the still standing grasses.

  20. Rose says:

    Yes, there’s not much we can do but make the best of it. My garden has been in brown and grey mode for some time. I need more blue pots!

    Hi Rose, yes to more blue pots!!!!

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