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Color Inspiration Thursday {77}

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”
Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

Today’s color inspiration brings us into my vegetable garden. From afar it looks like a fenced in plot of weeds and wildflowers. Pass through the gate, wade through the grasses and clover, though, and you will see three little somewhat tended garden beds, gleefully holding a bunch of delicious veggies. Get a little bit closer, and you have the photos shared here today. Want to sing “oh, how beautiful!” while we sit in the shade and enjoy today’s color inspiration? Let’s! This year my garden is severely neglected, but has been weeded just enough for it to do its job: produce food for our family. Balance and nurture, right? Color palettes are made using Play Crafts’ Palette Builder 2.1 and my photographs, craftily taken at such a scale so as to crop out the weeds!

kale color paletteCorresponding solids from left to right:
Kona Limestone, Bella Clover, Bella Terrain Cactus, Kona Basil, Kona Grass Green, Kona Black

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
2324 – Stone
5010 – Beige
5024 – Dark Brown
5021 – Light Grey
5018 – Grass Green
2692 – Black

Our first stop is with the hardy, delicious, and dare I say–GIANT–kale. We eat kale in egg scrambles, as kale chips, in soups and stews, stir-fries, and more. Kale does amazingly well in our garden and climate, so each plant grows about 3 1/2 feet tall and 2 feet across. Each leaf is as big as my son’s head. One of these years, I’ll realize that even with our family of five, we only need two kale plants, not eight. In the meantime, kale abounds! I love how intricately frilly each leaf is! The range of greens is amazing, too, including everything from earthy subdued to vibrant and fresh. Mmm!

yarrow soft pink paletteCorresponding solids from left to right:
Kona Forest, Bella Dill, Bella Thistle, Kona Smoke, Bella Parfait Pink, Kona Pearl Pink

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
2892 – Pine
2890 – Dk Grass Green
1140 – Bark
2606 – Mist
2515 – Lt Orchid
2405 – Oyster

Next up we have Yarrow. Honestly, when I ordered these seeds from our local organic seed company Johnny’s Seeds, I thought the yarrow would be white or yellow. To my pleasant surprise, it bloomed this beautiful pink! Yarrow is a great companion plant to many vegetables and is one of those plants you should feel free to plant all over your garden. It repels soil nematodes, aphids, bean beetles, and many more. I planted mine near my brussel sprouts, kohrabi, and kale and it is doing its job well so far!

onions earthy color paletteCorresponding solids from left to right:
Kona Hunter Green, Bella Betty’s Teal, Bella Green Tea, Bella Fig Tree Cream, Bella Paper Bag, Bella Etchings Charcoal

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
4026 – Forest Green
2850 – Med Juniper
5014 – Marine Water
5020 – Light Military Green
2375 – Antique Blush
1140 – Bark

Finally, onions. Onions are my garden pride and joy (very quickly followed by carrots!). After experimenting with a few different varieties of onions, trying seeds vs. sets, I finally discovered the type of onion that thrives well in our area: Copra onions. These are storage onions that I will soon pull, cure in the dry, sunny garden bed, then braid to hang in my kitchen. I learned all of this from a local friend, since I saw a braid of huge gorgeous onions hanging in her kitchen a few years ago and asked if she would teach me everything she knew. She did, and I’m so grateful. I grew less onions this year than last, but they should still last me far into the frigid snowy days of winter. And that earthy color palette that results just embraces the richness of a garden, doesn’t it!?

How does your garden grow?

7 thoughts on “Color Inspiration Thursday {77}”

  1. Kitty, this is so interesting. The photo’s are beautiful – as always – but this time I found myself mostly interested by the variety of kale dishes that you mention. The only way we use kale is for stews. Yay for other options! Im definitely going to add some to scrambled eggs next time.
    And I love the yarrow; such a beautiful color!

    (Thinking about colors and their natural inspiration: I sometimes wonder about Kona names (or, I guess, any other brand). Kona can really be spot on with regard to its names (Wasabi, Pickle, Ice Peach, Caramel), but also quite off. Kona Kale is a beautiful green/blue but really absolutely nothing like actual kale ;). Not that it matters of course…but kind of intriguing nonetheless!)


  2. I really do love the earthy color palette from the onion. Carrots are my absolute *favorite* thing to plant in a garden, but this year we were not able to successfully cultivate any, even after seeding 3 times. I finally figured it out when I saw the clutch of baby quail in the garden: apparently a male and female found the raised garden bed an ideal nesting location, and it turns out they eat baby shoots. No wonder I would see sprouts and celebrate only to go back days later and be puzzled. There’s always next year!


  3. I’m loving the earthiness of these palettes today, it makes me want to sink into the grass and enjoy nature for a while. 🙂 The yarrow palette could make such a dainty, feminine quilt I feel like, I love it! This peek into your garden is lovely, it makes me remember helping my parents with theirs. My green thumb withered quite a bit once I moved out! Lol


  4. I think this might be my favourite themed blog post every week! I’m a huge fan of experimenting with colour palettes.

    Love the Yarrow one but you can’t really go wrong with green and pink together.

    Sent from my iPhone



  5. Gorgeous pictures again, Kitty! I love all the greens in the kale and the frilly-ness of the leaves 🙂 My gardening skills are sadly limited to strawberries and rhubarb. I wish I had a gardening friend nearby to teach me all she knows!


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