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Word on the streets is that Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2010- And it’s turquoise.
How does this impact us gardeners since turquoise is pretty much a coloro non grata in nature (Outside of Arizona,  Texas,
New Mexico…Old Mexico)? Meh.
Seriously. Try and find a color that you see in gardens less. It can’t be done.

How can I be so sure?




I ♥ turquoise.

Always have, always will. I know, I know- you think of me as a pink sort of gal- but that’s just because pink is SO obnoxious/in yo’ face and I can’t pass that up. But turquoise and me- we go way back. When I was a wee lass, I took Crayola’s Blue-Green crayon (or was it Green-Blue? I can never remember the difference) and carefully colored in the mortar,that I could reach, in our family’s grand stone fireplace.

Several years after that, when I was fully recovered, I was nearly hit by a car while picking up some spilled aquarium stone at the end of a neighbor’s driveway because I thought it was, you guessed it, turquoise.

When I finally had my own place, I painted it shades of teal and tuquoise and aqua- to the point that Dan can no longer stomach any shade in that color family. And now I have to sneak it into rooms he frequents a little less- like my developing "squirrel bathroom". Because nothing says "squirrels" like turquoise.

I’m not saying there isn’t any way to work turquoise into a garden, I myself have come up with 4,000 ways. You just have to be super tricky about it.

Here are a few ideas…

About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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