Shades of Brown

February 23, 2016 Daffodils 017

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Do you know anyone whose favorite color is brown? 

Can’t say that I do, either….

We gardeners often remain partial to green, or possibly to colors in our favorite flowers.  But brown?  Why not?

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We certainly look at it for much of the year! 

Brown is woody skeletons of trees, fallen leaves, peat, seeds, mushrooms, stems, and the debris waiting for me to clear from perennial beds. 

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February 11, 2015 daffodils 017

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But brown is also rotten apples, faded flowers, insects, compost, bare Earth.

 

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Brown generally presents a challenge.  It invites effort.  It signals something coming or going in the garden.

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But I am at least at peace with brown. 

I wear khaki shirts and skirts and brown leather belts. We love polished wooden furniture, rattan, and hardwood floors. 

Brown can be restful when polished up, and made useful. 

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February 2, 2016 flowers 027

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Brown colors  our garden today.  Sodden mulch, rotting leaves, bare stems, and wet trees dominate the picture.

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But oh, when those brown stems pop open to release a flower, what delight!

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Brown is the color of pure potential, and holds its own silent promise. 

Beautiful brown….

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February 21, 2016 spring 010

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Woodland Gnome 2016

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “Shades of Brown

  1. Brown is not glamorous, but it has its place, I’ll give you that!

  2. I happen to be partial to Piet Oudolph’s gardens in the fall when the grasses go all tawny. And Calvin Klein colors often fall into that range. Hard to call it “favorite”, as I am fickle when it comes to color.

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