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Mimosa tree inspires 2009 Color of Year

Mimosa inspires color trend. © Fotolia

Mimosa inspires color trend. © Fotolia

In keeping with the theme of change, the Pantone Color Institute has picked mimosa, “a warm, engaging yellow” as the 2009 Color of the Year.

Forget about all those negative meanings of yellow, such as cowardly or sickly. Instead, think positive.

“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” said  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, which has been setting the standards of colors used in paints, inks, fabrics and other design elements for 45 years. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

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Best locally grown produce in the backyard

Garden patience - Green tomatoes await warmer temperatures to ripen. © Photo Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Garden patience - Green tomatoes await warmer temperatures to ripen. © Photo Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

The weather has begun to cooperate by ripening our produce.

That wonderful spell of pleasant summer temperatures mixed with cool, rainy days has been washed from our memory by sweaty, 90-degree days.

The hot weather, though, is just what our green tomatoes need to ripen up. Peppers, eggplant and other warm-season crops also will begin to take on the colors for picking.

There are lots of reasons to be pleased we’re growing our own.

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