Have you noticed how the light has changed in the last few days? It's as if the sudden slant of the sun reveals how the earth is tipping towards autumn. The light has a new luminosity, especially in the mornings and evenings. But even at noon, when the sun is highest, it's lost some of its intensity. Which changes the color of everything in the garden - no wonder we like the more intense golds, yellows and oranges in autumns, for they make up for the lack of warmth from the sun.
So I've been thinking about color, how the blues are softer now, and how color contrasts fade a bit as the light itself takes on a blue tint. And then I came on the scene below, where a leggy shoot of 'Sun Gold' cherry tomatoes wound its way past a pine tree to peek through the slats of an adirondack chair painted nearly the same shade as its coloring-up little fruits. It reminded me of how an artist gardener once told me that she simply picks the colors she loves and then everything goes together. I didn't paint the adirondack chair to match the hue of 'Sun Gold' tomatoes, but there it is; they found each other.