So if I were to be single-minded about this gardening thing, I would have an all-gold flower bed. Gold is a tough color, though; it easily slips into yellow, so I probably would be left with the above, and some helianthus and maybe a rudbeckia or two. Maybe a sunflower, maybe some ubiquitous Stella D’Oro hemerocallus. As it is, I am simply more of a packrat, beds-wise. No monomania here.
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Wisdom from the sage
"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
--from an essay in "The Long-Legged House"
"The word agriculture, after all, does not mean "agriscience," much less "agribusiness." It means "cultivation of land." And cultivation is at the root of the sense both of culture and of cult. The ideas of tillage and worship are thus joined in culture. And these words all come from an Indo-European root meaning both "to revolve" and "to dwell." To live, to survive on the earth, to care for the soil, and to worship, all are bound at the root to the idea of a cycle. It is only by understanding the cultural complexity and largeness of the concept of agriculture that we can see the threatening diminishments implied by the term "agribusiness."
"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating."
--both the above are from essays in "The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays"
Is this so hard to believe?
"An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor, or Ba'al, or The Golden Calf. As has been said before, we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further," Richard Dawkins, 2002.
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If you ever try to make that bed, El, there are some tall Aurelian Trumpets [lilium] that are true gold. I think the one I grew in IL was ‘Royal Gold’. If I remember correctly there was a Clematis durandii nearby as well as Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’… a rather powerful combination.
I keep trying to find lemony yellows like Coreopsis Creme Brulee, but many other yellows turn our too gold. Guess we should just be appreciative of the amazing color discerning ability of our eyes~
Annie at the Transplantable Rose