Archive for the ‘Through the Rainbow’ Category

Silver, Polished

Airing of Grievance form from the Bureau of Communication

After yet another zinger of a winter storm and no near prospect of seeing bare ground again, things are getting really boring around here. I figured that it was time to take a break from the photography series and find some other excuse for rifling through my image archives, so I thought I’d indulge in another color-theme post. Right now, there’s only one predominant color: white. Well, let’s say four colors: white, black, gray, and silver. (Remember, you should be able to see larger versions of all of these images by clicking on them once or twice.)

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Just White

Persicaria polymorpha with Stipa tenusissima and Salix alba var. sericea at Hayefield.com

The weather is still rather erratic here, bouncing from days in the 50s to a spell in the 90s in one week. It looks like the nights are staying at least above freezing from now on, though, so I can finally get busy planting out the annuals and tender things. I follow pretty much the same routine each year: first the best reds, oranges, and yellows for the main front path; purples and the rest of the reds, oranges, and yellows for the middle front path; the rest of the purples and yellow and some pinks in the far front path; pinks and blues starting around the side; and finally, whatever whites I’ve ended up with. From its rank in my planting priorities, you might guess that white isn’t a color I’m particularly drawn to, and you’d be right.

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Blue Notes

Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' against Echinacea purpurea seedheads October 10 2010

The winter here in southeastern Pennsylvania has been relatively mild, but we’re still a long way from the lushness of summer, so it’s a good time to be looking at pretty pictures. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite blue and purple-blue flowers and combinations.

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A Study in Pink

Canna 'Pink Sunrise'

I’m as glad as other garden bloggers to see this winter’s snow disappear, but despite my best efforts, I can’t work up much enthusiasm for my mud-splashed snowdrops and wind-tattered hellebores. The idea of doing a new color-based post was much more appealing, and though pink isn’t one of my favorites,  my latest obsession – the BBC series Sherlock – provided the perfect title, and I couldn’t resist. (Delightfully, Dr. John Watson now chronicles Sherlock’s adventures in a blog, which includes his own A Study in Pink post.) So now, for your viewing enjoyment, a random selection of some pretty-in-pink flowers and foliage in portraits, pairings, and garden settings.

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Sunny Yellows

Long border with 'Lemon Queen' helianthus, Patrinia scabiosifolia, Rudbeckia fulgida, and pennisetums

Over the past week, spring has arrived here in southeastern Pennsylvania. In just a few days, we went from yucky old snow and saturated soil to 70s and perfect digging conditions. It’s tempting to indulge in a “welcome spring!” post, and I may yet do that. But on this rainy day, it seems like a good idea to continue the rainbow series with images of some favorite yellow flowers and foliage.

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