The vandal who defaced the £50m Mark Rothko painting at Tate Modern this week did so, he claims, in the name of his one-man art movement, Yellowism. I do not agree with daubing art works, but I too have made great sacrifices for Yellowism.

The £60 of school dinner money spent on sacks of poo, for instance. That summer of pick-axing that has unstrung my back. The hours I've spent wandering garden centres instead of filling my trolley at Co-op and the nights my children have gone hungry while I've been crouched in the London clay.

Today the morning sun spot-lit my autumn border and this was the view from the breakfast table. The money, the hours and the seized-up shoulders have fused finally into a hymn to Yellowism and my children can have their mummy back again. For a season!

This is my contribution to The Gallery at Sticky Fingers which requires photos on a theme of yellow. 


  1. Beautiful image and I agree about the defacing of other art works... it feels a bit like s**ting on your own doorstep to me.


  2. Gorgeous autumn border and an equally gorgeous picture. I really should get my garden back up to scratch.

    Herding Cats

  3. Stunning - your sacrifices paid off.

  4. What a fabulous view from your table! Lovely to still have some sunny colour. I've also said that's it for gardening this year...until the next plant catalogue pops through my letterbox :)

  5. Hurrah! What a lovely image, congratulations. I am looking forward to getting back to my garden now DB is a year old and this is inspiring me.

  6. I love the autumn colours and I like the idea to leaving the garden to its own devises for a season.

  7. Oooh, I wish I had your garden! Fancy a bit of moonlighting round ours?

  8. Ooooohhh those colours are so rich. Don't purple and yellow just adore each other? I cannot believe a Mark Rothko was defaced - not ever, not even in the name of art. I love Mark Rothko!. X.

  9. My favourite season, lovely border! - Not sure the jelly would work ;-)

  10. Splendid looking border! Gardening does take it out of you. I've been labouring on one of my husband's projects, as his shoulder isn't so good - a landscaping one involving pushing a wheelbarrow of damp soil up two steep planks of wood - who needs the gym?

  11. You've inspired me - might have to spend a bit more time traipsing round our garden centres. Ta muchly. Beautiful pic.

  12. Beautiful picture. I love the different shades of yellow in the picture.

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