Mellow Yellow

“Check Those Containers”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

At this time of year, yellow is the predominant color showing up.  Here in the Gulf South, there is a lot of yellow, but not always because of autumnal leaf change.




Flowers on the cassia tree are a bright golden yellow




Yellow Caterpillar in a folded up agapanthus leaf.  This caterpillar was at the base of the cassia tree.  Could this be one that uses that tree as a host plant?




Satsuma ready to be picked.  We had a good crop this year.




Variegated shell ginger is showing its yellow for fall.




And, finally some yellow leaves.  The forsythia shows off its yellow in both early spring and in autumn.



  1. Sheila said,

    November 10, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Lovely yellows!

  2. Mary Beth said,

    November 10, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Yellow is such a happy color!

  3. November 11, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Hi Jan, Yellow is my spring color! Orange is fall anyway yours fall yellows are very beautiful. Thank you for your comment on The gardeners wrap

    Ps my husbands name is Jan 🙂
    xoxo Tyra

  4. Randy said,

    November 11, 2008 at 7:52 am

    What beautiful yellows. Our cassia didn’t do a single thing this year, I’m so disappointed in it. Because of the limited space, plants around here must earn their keep.-Randy

  5. Gail said,

    November 11, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Really lovely yellow…and what a curious looking caterpillar.

  6. Brenda Kula said,

    November 11, 2008 at 11:22 am

    After seeing the cassia tree, I googled it. As I was not familiar with it. What a beautiful tree! I shall check into that one. My ginger is finally beginning to look good this year too. Doesn’t like the heat or sun, so looks best come November! Never a more cheerful color than yellow!

  7. Racquel said,

    November 11, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    What a happy garden you have right now with all that yellow!

  8. Alex said,

    November 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Hey….the yellow caterpillar is so cool!! I don’t think I’ve seen one that color before. 🙂

  9. Camellia said,

    November 12, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Wow, satsumas in your own garden… A lot chillier where I am, still we seem to be at the same yellowishness of autumn! It’s a strange world….

  10. Jan said,

    November 12, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Shelia & MaryBeth, it is only in the garden that I like the color yellow, and there it is so cheerful and pretty.

    Tyra, for me a light, lemon yellow says ‘spring’ and a golden yellow says ‘fall’. It is funny how different shades of the same color can evoke such different responses.

    Randy, one of my cassia trees didn’t bloom either. I am not sure why, though it still is rather young, and last year I did get a few blooms on it. Maybe it’s the dry weather.

    Gail and Alex, isn’t that a neat caterpillar. After I took the photo, I accidentally knocked it off the leaf, and where it landed among some of the cassia’s fallen blooms made it hard to pick out. That is why I thought it might use that tree as a host plant; its color is a good camouflage.

    Brenda, a cassia tree should do well for you since we are both in the same zone. Yellow is a wonderful color. Glad your ginger is now looking good. The ginger in the photo is some I transplanted in the spring, and it seemed to take a while to get settled in. I have hopes it will soon look as nice as the clump I have in the back garden.

    Racquel, the yellow is brightening up the garden now that fall often brings darker days.

    Camellia, the satsumas were really good this year – so sweet. Being able to grow them is one of the nice things about living in the deep south.

  11. joey said,

    November 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Mellow yellow shines beautifully through your artful eyes.

  12. Jan said,

    November 13, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Thanks, Joey. We have been having gray skies the last three days, but the yellows in the garden help make the atmoshphere less depressing.

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