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Week of Color: The Explosion

Posted by Suzy Taylor Oakley on March 8, 2008

Disclaimer: With the text wrap around the photos, some of the text appears to describe the wrong photos. It will wrap differently in different browser windows, so I can’t control how it displays for you. Please keep that in mind as you read. I hope you can identify which flowers are which all on your own!

I am a gal who likes color — bright color, as I mentioned on Day Yellow (speaking of which, I found another yellow photo, so scroll down to the Yellow post or click here. It’s from a “wedding” cake I made last year – really a 40th-anniversary cake modeled on the couple’s 1967 wedding cake).

Brown, pale yellow, light green and all that is nice, but I take after my mom in my love of bright colors, jewel tones in particular. Most of my flowers — annual or perennial — end up being bright reds, purples or pinks.

I’ll share some of them with you here. Let’s start with RED!

Three or four years ago, I decided to start growing roses. I carefully researched and bought five bushes, all different colors. The roses themselves are pretty easy to grow, but I am still pulling up grass in the beds, as I hate putting chemicals in the ground. But all the weed pulling is worth it, because it helps me enjoy these, the firstfruits …

red rose multi

red rose single

pale pink rose

pink rose deweyThe next one is a hydrangea that’s in my back yard. I have always loved hydrangeas. They’re so unusual, so beautiful and so versatile. I love that you can control the color by changing the soil’s pH.

This one came from a funeral arrangement after my uncle died nearly six years ago. We had hydrangeas in the front yard of the house I grew up in (in Batesville), but after my dad died, my mother moved. It was difficult for me to see her give up the house where my dad had spent hours and hours making the landscaping beautiful, so I was going to get a cutting from the house before she sold it. Well, in the chaos of the move, I forgot about, but the new owners said I could get a cutting. However, by the time I actually made it back up to Batesville to get a piece of the bush, they had dug up the hydrangeas! How could they? (I wanted to cry.) So when my dad’s brother died and my aunt offered me a plant after the funeral, I chose the hydrangea. The picture is from an experiment I was trying with my photo software. (I think. Or it could have been that the picture just turned out that way. I can’t really remember! Either way, I like the hazy look of this photo.)

hydgrangea foggy

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The next one is from one of the three Rose of Sharon bushes from my mother-in-law’s garden when his parents lived in Virginia. Bruce used to take his son, Courtney, to visit Courtney’s grandparents every summer. Sometimes I went, and sometimes I stayed home. One of the years I stayed home, Bruce brought me three beautiful Rose of Sharon bushes from his mom. One of the bushes has purple blooms, but i can’t seem to find those pictures. Enjoy this pink one.

Rose of Sharon pink

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For something a little closer to purple, enjoy this clematis from my front yard.

clematis

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And this “purple coneflower,” which is actually less purple than the ones above and below it!

purple coneflower single

purple coneflower multi

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I potted this purple flower on my front porch a couple of years ago. I can’t remember its name. Anyone?

purple flower wrought iron

purple flower double

I took the next two pictures pictures in Morro Bay, Calif., in 2006. I think this one is a lily.

Morro Bay flowers

And this is a jade plant. I loved the spider web!

jade plant spider web

I have two favorite flowers. My favorite simple, innocent flower is the daisy — just the plain white with yellow center. My favorite exotic flower is the bird of paradise, and I was so excited to stumble across this one at California Baptist University when I was there for a Crown retreat in 2006.

bird of paradise

The last picture is not of flowers but contains a bounty of color. When we were able to participate in the River Market’s Basket a Month program, we got this (and more) last summer. Doesn’t it make your mouth water?

BAM vegetables

I think I’ve had more fun with this post than any other. Thank you, Jerusalem, for your fantastic idea of a Week of Color. Along with being challenged to find ways to illustrate my color likes and dislikes, I have enjoyed all the creative ideas from you and your friends!

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8 Responses to “Week of Color: The Explosion”

  1. jerusalem said

    I am so glad you had fun with color! It has been so neat to see what people come up with and which colors they love the most. All your flowers are so beautiful — want to come work on my yard? We have a hydrangea bush too and it is my favorite. This is the first house we have lived in where there wasn’t already a rose bush so that is on my list of “dream yard items” as well as a camellia bush. I just love how their pale pink (shocking I know) flowers look like ribbon all wound up. Thanks again for playing — it’s been fun!

  2. Millie said

    suzy – the pics are gorgeous! makes me wanna go plant sumpin….

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  4. nydia said

    Hey Suzy – I think the pink flower that’s kind of gerbera-like is either echinachea or a coneflower. Echinachea is a big deal here in Colorado because it stands up well to draught and so is a great xeriscaping staple. Your garden is gorgeous – love the colors!

    • nydia said

      BTW…any friend of succulents is a friend of mine. 🙂

      • Suzy said

        Aren’t they wonderful? Also, some browsers don’t display the photos the same as others do. The purple coneflower is in the photo above the one I was wondering about. I still can’t think of the name of that one.

        Thanks for the input, though, and for stopping by and making a comment! You have reminded me of one of my favorite posts, and I really needed some brightening on this cold and cloudy day in Arkansas. 🙂

      • nydia said

        So lovely. We have lots of succulents. Ah, now I see what you mean by the alignment issue. Maybe try adding the comments about each as the photo caption? That way, they should travel w/their corresponding image. If you need any help, let me know! 🙂

  5. estellemac said

    June 13, 2015….. Lovely Lovely Lovely… I was raised in Arizona ( land of succulants,cactus,lapis and tumbleweeds) Roses were grown there but the heat made it tough for flowers. Everything was ‘an import’…When my husband’s work brought us to Boston i felt it was totally God’s Hand that led me to the new world of flowers and gardening…Of course it took me a while to understand the tempo and time it took to ‘ grow out’ a garden.. It brought me ( and my clients too) so many years of joy , taught me about patience…. With the recession and changes in flower markets everywhere these are part of times gone by… your photos and joy have brought back many fond memories and i thank you so much for sharing them… Bravo, enjoy your new adventures and your wonderful friends in the garden.. They are like old friends over a cup of tea when they return each year. Blessings,e

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