August usually goes by in a flash but I do love the look this time of year of all that rich green shot through with the fading deep pinks and purples of crepe myrtles. And as the hydrangeas morph to soft jade and other jewel tones, I can never decide which phase is my favorite.
While there's no crispness in the air yet, the fall preview catalogs offer the promise that soon those tall boots can come back out of their box.
Over the past three years, two months and two days, a lot of lush green has appeared on this blog. There have been posts about surprisingly vibrant shades in Williamsburg, Strasbourg green in Sarah Lowengard's The Creation of Color in 18th Century Europe, and Tony Duquette's passion for malachite. Some days there were just pictures of found emerald-like objects. Shown at the top is a small review with a couple of fresh things thrown in.
The secretary in the top right hand corner was photographed by Sean Terretta at Colonial Williamsburg. The painting of the sporting dogs, ceramic Stafforshire-like dogs, and antique Chinese jar with elephant handles are all Coleen Rider's finds. The riding boot image is via Frye.
The credit for the swatches reads: Rapport sur la vert de Saxe du Sr. Roederer; document preserved at the Centre historique des Archives nationales, Paris. All others, except for the cover of Michael Smith's book and the Annie Butrus painting (far right, second from bottom) are my own snapshots.