Urban Garden Denver Blog

Searching for Color

I feel a bit like a 4-year-old on a field trip with mom, since I have given myself the assignment of looking for color in the garden this November. November has a reputation as a gray, gloomy month, a reputation earned more in my growing-up territory of Western Washington than in Colorado. Even with blue skies and fall color holding on here, November is increasingly dark, as the sun comes up later and goes down earlier each day. So I decided to choose to see color this month.

Right now I have snapdragons, blanket flower, mums and pansies blooming in my yard. The pansies that I planted this fall are lifting their cheerful faces above the fall leaves. In addition, there are red berries on the hawthorn tree and blue/purple fruit on the Oregon grape shrub that add to the landscape.

Of course, shades of brown and gray are also colors, muted as they may be, and by the end of the month, that may be the color that dominates my view, but for now, there is still tremendous variety of color to celebrate, if I choose to look for color.

I have a new appreciation for the symbolism of color in our world, representing rich variety and creativity, as I revisited the story, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry a few weeks ago. In a monotonous world of no color, no choices, no variation, a boy discovers color, joy, sorrow and choice. 

So in November, I am thankful for color and the way it adds rich dimension to the world in which we live.

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