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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ode to Yellow

It may be an insult to call someone yellow-bellied, but in the growing world, this color is magical. What other color shows up even as the last spring snow is melting only to hang around until the crunchy, dead leaves of autumn are clustered around it? So today, I offer a photo essay to that quirky, faithful friend, a photo essay taken from the store I've collected this year, as well as from the albums of my own quirky, faithful friends.

Yellow, thanks for showing up one more time in the mums and the turning leaves, seeing us through the last of this growing season. Know that we'll be looking for you next spring in the crocuses and daffodils, the forsythia and the tulips.

(And just so this post doesn't seem too whimsical, I added this link. Thoughts of forsythia made me remember that fall is an ideal time for planting new bushes. If you're of a mind to put some in your yard soon, here are a couple of starter-links as you research your options.)

"Then God said, 'Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.' And it was so." Genesis 1:11

May we be as enthusiastic to fulfill our "purpose" as our yellow friends appear to be!


  1. I agree Suburban Settler. Yellow makes other colors pop out at you! Visualize the pics without yellow and they just wouldn't look as good. I was thinking about you last night. The Trustee's office in your town needs food for their pantry, and we attended their food raiser party. We always drive by that that farm on 38, on the North side of the road. It looks so picturesque. Cindy

  2. Thanks for reporting the need for food! I didn't know about the party you mentioned, but I do have a friend whose garden is about twice the size of mine. She donates a lot of her produce to her church's food pantry. You also put me in mind of my plans for my own volunteer gardening. I work at a drop-in center for homeless teens. They can eat a meal, get on a computer, do a load of laundry, or just get warm a couple of nights a week. It is in a big old house in downtown Indy. I asked them how they felt about my growing them a garden next summer in their backyard. The staff were delighted by the idea. I figure a few of the next growing season's posts on this blog might originate there.

  3. I am actually the Coordinator of the Community Garden in Kokomo. We are closing it down on Monday, but we have a one acre plot of ground that volunteers work (they can get their Master Gardening hours in this garden too), everything is donated from businesses in the community, and we donate all of the produce to non-profits feed the less fortunate. I've been coordinator for four years. I think it's a GREAT idea to have these kids grown their own food. I think every non-profit should have their own garden too. If only people knew how rewarding, nutritious, and yummy the food was when you grow it yourself. Cindy