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the colour of September #5 – red rose hips from pink roses

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I have the funniest rose bush in my front yard.

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It bore double yellow roses for the first few years of its life.  Then, in recent years it has become a pink rose, with the frailest pink petals.

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I know how this happened – not ‘alchemy’ at all, but an example of survival of the fittest.  The original yellow rose must have been grafted to the root stock of a common rose.  When the yellow rose stem died for some reason, the pink rose stock flourished.  I love my frail pink roses , especially at this time of year when they produce bright red, elliptical rose hips.

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September 22, 2013  'red rose hips from pink roses'   Jane Tims

September 22, 2013 ‘red rose hips from pink roses’ Jane Tims

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September 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

the color of September #4 – a toasted tomato sandwich

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Of all the produce of September, I think I enjoy tomatoes the most.   I like fried green tomatoes, tomatoes in chili con carne and toasted tomato sandwiches.   If you have never eaten a toasted tomato sandwich, you should try one.  Toast two pieces of whole wheat bread, slice the tomatoes very thin and add mayo, salt and pepper.

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Now that I have finished my watercolor of tomatoes, and they are no longer needed for the still life, I think I’ll have another sandwich …

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September 14, 2013  'tomato red'   Jane Tims

September 14, 2013 ‘tomato red’ Jane Tims

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September 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

the color of September #3 – a purple crocus from a brown bulb

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This morning, thinking of the long winter, I planted a dozen crocus bulbs.  The package promises large, dark purple blooms in early spring.

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I planted them in small groups, in front of my concrete bench.  When they bloom in spring, I will be able to see them from my library window.  After a long winter, a glimpse of those brave petals poking above the dry leaves will be so joyful.

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The crocuses we have now are bright purple and yellow.  I planted them years ago, when my son was young.  They have endured all these years and have even spread to other, distant parts of our property.  I think the squirrels must dig them up, rebury them and forget where they have stashed their treasure.

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So, deep within the sienna brown of the bulbs is the makings of those purple petals.   Wow!

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September 7, 2013  'crocus bulbs'   Jane Tims

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September 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

the color of September #2 – bunches of radishes

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The reward of a recent visit to a local farmer’s vegetable stand – bunches of radishes.
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Painting with red is very rewarding.  First, a little color goes a long way – I am still working with the small tube of paint I bought back in early June.  Second, red wakes me up the way no other color can.

I did two paintings, one of the bunch of radishes, fresh from the vegetable stand, and one of an individual radish, fresh from the ground, dirt washed away.  Hope you like them!

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August 31, 2013  'a bunch of radish red'  Jane Tims

August 31, 2013 ‘a bunch of radish red’ Jane Tims

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September 1, 2013 'radish red'  Jane Tims

September 1, 2013 ‘radish red’ Jane Tims

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September 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

the color of September #1 – squash on the vine

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A visit to a friend’s garden and a look at the riot of squash growing in her compost heap has helped me transition from August summer to the pre-autumn days of September.  I love the color orange, but I did not know how much fun it would be to try and capture the orange of the squash in watercolor.  I hope you like my trio of September squash-on-the-vine paintings.

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August 30, 2013  'squash on the vine #1'   Jane Tims

August 30, 2013 ‘squash on the vine #1’ Jane Tims

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August 30, 2013  'squash on the vine #2'   Jane Tims

August 30, 2013 ‘squash on the vine #2’ Jane Tims

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August 31, 2013  'squash on the vine #3'   Jane Tims

August 31, 2013 ‘squash on the vine #3’ Jane Tims

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September 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

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