Fabulous Friday: Color!


I look forward to September when colors take on that specialty intensity of early autumn.  They sky turns brilliantly blue and the roadsides turn golden with wild Solidago and Rudbeckia.

I planted a little extra splash of color to enjoy this month in our front perennial garden.  While the Rudbeckia were still small, last spring, I interplanted several different Salvias, some perennial mistflower and some gifted Physotegia virginiana divisions.  I wanted bright splashes of blue and violet to emerge through their golden flowers.



We are just beginning to enjoy the show as these late summer flowers come into their own.  The Rudbeckia grew taller this summer than I remember them in years passed.

We’re still waiting to see whether all of those Salvias will muster the strength to shoulder past the Black Eyed Susans and raise their flowers to the autumn sun.  Life and gardening are always an experiment though, aren’t they?



It is fabulous to see the sea of gold highlighted with other richly colored flowers.  Soon, the bright red pineapple sage and bright blue Mexican bush sage will burst into bloom, filling the entire garden with intense color.  September is a fabulous time of year, full of promise and energy.

May your last weekend of summer be a good one.

Our hearts are heavy from the many troubling events this summer has precipitated.  We remember those struggling with flood water and wind damage; those seeking peace and justice in the wake of this summer’s violence; those who have lost dearly loved ones; and all those who still hold the hope and promise our country offers to the world, as a living flame in their heart.

In these dark and troubling days, may your world be filled with the colors of hope.


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2017
“Love was a feeling completely bound up with color,
like thousands of rainbows
superimposed one on top of the other.”
Paulo Coelho
Fabulous Friday! 
Happiness is Contagious; let’s infect one another!

Caladium ‘Desert Sunset’

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?
Can one really explain this? no.
Just as one can never learn how to paint.”
Pablo Picasso


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

2 responses to “Fabulous Friday: Color!

  1. Laurin Lindsey

    You never cease to make me smile from the inside out! I love autumn and the change in light that the sun brings this time of year!

    • September always feels like a huge sigh of relief. We have much cooler weather here these last few days, and buckets of rain. I can’t wait to see everything take off again once the sun returns. Happy weekend, and thank you for such kind thoughts. ❤ ❤ ❤

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