Color Combinations: Red and Green

Turkey Tracks: August 17, 2022

Color Combinations: Red and Green

I’m enjoying coffee and a leisurely-spent morning as I wait for the big storm that is almost here.


I’ve followed quilter Bonnie Hunter’s blog for years now—and made many of her quilts. This morning she posted so many, many beautiful pictures she took after visiting a local flower farm with friend Martha—who dragged Bonnie out of her normal routine yesterday. (Bonnie runs a quilting retreat Inn that takes up to 12 guests at a time for a week.)

Bonnie has had a series of accidents this past year—and the last one broke her nose, blacked her eyes, and broke her foot/ankle. A swing broke and the upper supportive wooden bar came down and hit her. Her face is healed now, and she’s now in a boot she can take off here and there, and she seems to be feeling better. But I agree with her supportive friend Martha: Bonnie needed a break and a fun outing.

I was reminded while looking at the beautiful pictures she posted, that while I LOVE color and various color combinations, I have always loved red and green together. (I’m not talking about the bright and flat greens and reds that often appear in Christmas art.) Winter brings shades of green firs and red berries. But summer holds red-green combinations too. Here’s a picture Bonne included:

Rich reds and greens AND a Swallowtail butterfly.

I spent some time this morning after reading Bonnie’s daily post ordering seeds from Fedco and included zinna seeds since I have always loved them. The Cosmos seeds I just threw into garden beds and loosely scratched into the ground came up and are starting to bloom now. I’m going to try more of that in that pesky front bed on the hill. But I’ll plant the zinnas next spring more strategically. And I ordered the winter lettuce mix that I seed into my cold frame and cover for the winter.

One task yesterday was stuffing the doggie “bongs” with mashed green banana mixed with our local small “wild” blueberries and then freezing them for when I have to leave Jackpot in his crate for short periods next week—as I attend short events that I could not cancel. He’s too young to leave in the car alone just yet—but that will happen in time. And maybe pretty quickly. That will be a learning curve for him and will depend on how much I can trust him with his potty training.

Ripe bananas contain a TON of fructose sugar, but green bananas contain resistant starches that feed a dog’s microbiome and offer “antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory tannins, along with carotenoids that help prevent oxidative stress.” Blueberries are “an awesome source of prebiotic fiber and are chock-full of polyphenols….”. (Quotes are from THE FOREVER DOG, Dr. Karen Show Becker and Rodney Habib, page 230.) It is possible to overdue with the green banana, so use in small amounts. I froze the extra I had.

I cooked yesterday, so I’m going downstairs to sew.

Come on RAIN!