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A perfect pairing. May 1, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, gardening, homesteading, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. Some color pairings might not strike us at first blush as being ideal, or even desirable, but then you see them in nature and realize that they have a lot more to offer than you thought. This morning, as I looked out the kitchen windows, I saw two brilliant red cardinals in our blooming redbud tree: two bright red splotches against a soft sea of red-violet (or perhaps mauve might be closer to a redbud flower’s color). The contrast of form and color was lovely. I immediately thought of brilliant red tulips rising from a sea of red-violet (um, mauve?) creeping phlox. It’s actually a better combination than bright red against white, yellow, or blue (and certainly pink!)—all too contrasty. To soften it without lessening the impact, warm shades of orange tulips could be mixed in with the red. Nice!

           ‘Til next time,




1. Lzyjo - May 1, 2009

I love unexpected combinations! Nature makes the prettiest colors.

And we can learn so much if we just take the time to really see what we’re looking at!

2. nancybond - May 1, 2009

I agree — that would be a lovely combination. 😉

It was indeed, Nancy! So eye-catching, too!

3. Victoria - May 1, 2009

Sounds gorgeous. We have so much to learn from nature.

We sure do!

4. Jen - May 1, 2009

I’ve been seeing a lot of what I call “color alliteration” – things in nature matching up by accident. Another thing I’ve been noting is the change in color that some blooms have as they age – they start to look like completely different flowers!

Color alliteration—I love it, Jen! And yes, it’s amzing to see the transformations some flowers undergo as they mature and decline.

5. Becca - May 3, 2009

Your mention of the redbud brought to mind a tree we saw while riding our bikes in the park yesterday. I brought my bike to a screeching halt to check out the tag that was thoughtfully still attached to the tree. It was a Forest Pansy Redbud. Have you seen this tree? I would now love to have one in our yard here at BrightHaven.

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