Well, I’ve never been much of a planner, especially when it comes to gardening…I usually plant what I like and don’t even think about whether the colors clash and whether the plants get along…in some ways I’m a gardening nightmare, I’m sure! My problem is that when I see flowers I like I usually want one of every color!
So recently I’ve been buying flowers whose colors “feel” right – Last year for example, I felt very attracted to white flowers and purple flowers – hence the ‘Americana violet’ geranium! It just seemed like such a cheerful color to me. And I also planted ‘White cascade’ and ‘Daddy Blue’ (really, they were light purple) petunias together. I think I like white because even in the horrible heat and humidity, white seems to radiate coolness to me..somehow it seems to refresh everyhing. I don’t know why I like purple, really, except that it’s a color I tend to choose over and over again, even in my clothes! No, I don’t wear all purple! lol..! But I do have a lot of pieces that are purple or lavender – periwinkle.
This year I’m going more for red – different shades of it, I want some begonias in red and I just bought a gerbera daisy whose flowers are raspberry colored with a hint of strawberry pink…This was actually inspired when I noticed that red and white already predominate on one side of my balcony…I have the red rose and the white rose, as well as the white alyssum (which is gone now)…and I had just bought a new geranium, ‘Americana White Splash’ which has a white flower with a splash of hot pink in the middle…I’de read on GoY about planning a garden so I thought..why not follow the theme I already seem to have and do a predominantly white and red garden on that side of the balcony? We’ll see how it goes!
On the other side of the balcony – well, going onto the landing and into my neighbor’s spot, but since they don’t garden – it’s mine! – I found myself the proud and rather mystified owner of a yucca plant in a huge plastic white pot that was left behind by my neighbors…I never figured out what the poor yucca needed, so eventually the plant died…I may have over-watered the poor thing to death! But anyway, once I threw away the yucca, I had no idea what to do with the white pot….it is in almost complete shade, and since most of my balcony is in full sun most of the day, for a moment I couldn’t even think of what to plant in it! My sister suggested I should use it, though, so eventually I decided on impatiens…and no surprise, they’re a mixture of…drumroll please! …lavender, purple, and light pink…I want to add some white ones (the pot is so huge I need more plants!) but it’s just funny how I gravitated to these colors, and how quickly! =) But while I would like to try different color combinations, this one pleases me and makes me happy, and I think that’s what really counts!
- 15 Apr, 2008
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