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Friday, November 11, 2011

"There is no blue without yellow and orange." Insights & Controversy Regarding the Color Yellow PART ONE

Today has the unusual "feature" in having the date of 11-11-11 and in honor of that, today's posting will not be my new "feature" of having Friday being Follow-Up Friday (mentioned here), but instead I have three parts (one for each eleven). Part One is being published at 11:11 AM, Part Two is being published at 1:11 PM, and Part Three at 11:11 PM.

The setting or scene for this three-parter is evident in the image posted above, which is an aerial (partial) view of my rooftop garden (in NYC) and it is what is featured in the image at the top of part one of today's blog entry. 

This image was recently posted on both facebook and nybg's (New York Botantical Garden) tumblr, and it was taken by Juan V this past Tuesday. To the right of his photograph, you can see my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida AKA Kiwi Vines, and in the lower lefthand corner of the picture, you can see my ornamental grass known as Hakanechola Macra AKA Japanese Forest Grass All Gold. They are the protagonists in this three part blog entry for this And now, "11, 12, 13" weekend. And now, without furthur ado, I give you PART ONE:

It was just a little over month ago on October 4th 2011, that Juan V took an aerial photograph of my garden, posted below,

that featured the brilliant green of my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida's leaves. The orange arrow in the image is pointing to one of my Hakanechola Macra twins (the other one is shy and I respect its right to be off camera, but I assure you that it is gorgeous).   

During this time of year, the leaves of my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida as well as the foliage of my Hakanechola Macra are turning a brilliant yellow, which looks exquisite! However, none of them seem to believe that blondes have more fun, and, in fact, all of them are quite despondent.

At first I thought that this was because, while they look beautiful being blonde, the color change is a sign that their leaves (at least those that grow on my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida), will be (and already are) falling off for the year, and winter will be upon us.

It is an especially difficult time (emotionally) for my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida, for they are a hearty perennial couple, and so, when the other things which I grow in garden, are hibernating under the covers of the winterizing that I do for them, they stand alone on the railing where they live, missing their "sleeping" garden comrades terribly. 

As for my Hakanechola Macrasince it is a twin, they keep each other company, and unlike my "exposed" Kiwi Vine, they will be wrapped and in "a huddle," as indicated in my aforementioned post on urban garden winterizing.

While, it is true that the end of DLST (Daylight Savings Time) which occurred this past Saturday (and was discussed in TLLG postings that you may refer to by clicking here and here), often causes depression because it gets dark so early; the weather for the past few days has been absolutely beautiful. Therefore, I did not think the end of DLS was causing them to be a bit sad. I was surprised to hear that my Actinida kolomikta and Actimida as well as my Hakanechola Macra were upset that they were turning yellow . . . (stay tuned for PART TWO AND THREE).

Before I leave you today dear reader, let's have a moment of silence, for while the date 11-11-11 may be "fun", it is a somber day for many; because today is also Veterans Day. Therefore, I invite you to refer to a former post titled In war there are no unwounded soldiers, (which is on TLLG) to commemorate this, and you will find the post by clicking here.

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