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Apartment-Dweller’s Garden

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It’s great that the latest Daily Post topic intends us to use a gallery to display what makes us happy. There are so many things that make me happy: my family, my kitties, tea, books, gardening and flowers, Christmas, and writing!

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According to the calendar, it is not autumn yet in my corner of the world, but Jake’s topic this week is timely as far as what I see outside.

The leaves are starting to tint. Some unhealthy trees have already lost some of their leaves because of the drought conditions of this summer. The nights are cool; the AC is off! YAY! The garden is winding down.

And the stores are selling their autumn wares. (Some are even selling Christmas stuff…SERIOUSLY?) Fall festivals are taking place on small town commons. The farmstands are selling squash and gourds, cornstalks, mums, and pumpkins.

I love the fall. I love the weather, the colors, and the feeling of the air. Happy Autumn everyone!

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Photographing for this challenge made me decide that purple is a color that’s hard to pin down. The word purple seems like a childhood word, from the most basic set of Crayola crayons. At this point in my life I am more likely to use a word representing the hues of purple, ranging from magenta to lavender to eggplant. Nature provides so many examples.

I have two different types of butterfly bushes in my yard, one is dark purple (I would call it violet) and other one is lighter purple with pink tones (probably what I would have called lilac when I was younger, but now that I’ve grown and seen so many different colors of lilacs…not sure). At this point the darker bush has many spent blooms, while the blooms on the lighter one are still opening.

The sunny side of my house is one long driveway, so I line it with containers and pots (I call it my “hillbilly garden). This year I’m growing two types of eggplants: Black Beauty (so dark they are almost black) and Ichiban (a lighter purple). Either of these colors could be called eggplant.

Going around to the back of my house, I took a photo of a late pea flower (this is my favorite shade of purple) and of my purple beans (they’re so beautiful when they are raw, but they turn a normal green when cooked).

Finally I went back in the house and took a photo of my African violet, whose flowers are just going by.

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