Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

Brown is many colors

November 22, 2013

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To paraphrase Amalia Robredo, brown is many colors …

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andinarcadiaiam November 22, 2013 at 1:10 am

The late great Frank Zappa sang ‘Brown shoes don’t make it’…… does your garden come in any other colours?

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James Golden November 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

Many colors, right now almost all browns, but many different browns. If I have a light rain, then sunlight tomorrow morning, I can offer you something more like translucent stained glass.

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Mark Phelan November 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

I love how winters’ brown colors change with changes in temperature.

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James Golden November 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

Temperature, moisture, weather, angle of the light–all make such a difference. But, yes, each day desiccation increases, actually strengthening many of the structural plants for the coming winter weather.

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Cindy at enclos*ure November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

Lovely!

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James Golden November 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks, Cindy. I imagine you don’t get winter browns where you live.

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Scott Weber November 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

Beautiful photos James, and a very true sentiment. I’ll admit, when I was younger, I hated the brown, sere landscape around me in winter…but the older I get, the more I appreciate it…and now I enjoy the many hues of decay almost as much as the first green shoots of spring.

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James Golden November 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Scott, I think I first noticed how nature sometimes grows plants in masses while riding in the car through the Mississippi countryside as a young boy. In winter I’d see tawny fields of what I think is Andropogon virginicus (we called it broom sedge though it’s a grass), accented by occasional verticals of things like dog fennel. Of course, I didn’t translate this into a conscious love of gardening until 20 or 30 years later.

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andinarcadiaiam November 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Photo 2 is the pick of em for this little brown loaf!

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James Golden November 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Mr. Arcadian, I’m in agreement with you. It’s the star of the group. I find myself shooting into the sun a lot these days.

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John Markowski November 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Just had the same sentiment looking at my decaying garden this past week. Brown ain’t so bad. Of course you’re browns are out of this world. Great pics!

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James Golden November 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Thanks. After this little rain, I hope the sun’s out in the morning. For some reason wet dead foliage really amps up the light.

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Les November 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Brown is only outnumbered by green. Fortunately they do not usually perform on the same stage.

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