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"Painting with flowers"

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I have a somewhat useless talent – only helpful if I need to match something, like paint or fabric. I can ‘hold’ a colour in my head!

However, I suppose it does come in useful when I plan any new planting in the garden. As you may know, I really prefer to have colour schemes and try to co-ordinate the beds and borders.

The nicest compliment I’ve ever had from a visitor was that I “paint with flowers”. I suppose I do! I get a picture in my mind of what I want to achieve. Sometimes it works well – sometimes not.

This was one combination I really enjoyed this year.

However, you may recall the ‘Frilly Patty’ poppy! In the midst of my mauves and pinks, the supposedly deep pink poppy bloomed – salmon! I just had to move it forthwith.

Amazingly, it survived being transplanted while in full bloom! It looked much better with the dark leaves of the Lysimachia.

I do create clashes of colour sometimes…well, if Christopher Lloyd did it, why not?

Hot, hot!

I like creating cameos within a border, because in an established garden, you can’t just uproot the lot and start all over again, can you – unless you’re a millionaire, which I’m not.

But just sometimes, there’s an opportunity to plan and create a new and larger area of the garden – such as the island bed in the side garden. I decided on a colour scheme of cream, white, burgundy and lime green. I made mistakes of course. Don’t ever plant Artemisia ‘Oriental Limelight’ in your garden – nobody told me it was a thug ! It spread everywhere, even under the obelisk.

This is the bed after three years.

I’m glad I planted the dark-leaved Physocarpus ‘Diablo’ and Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ which I also have elsewhere. The foliage really shows up other plants!

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Coreopsis ‘Snowberry’

Persicaria in the side bed

Nature often lends a hand in creating good colour combinations. It’s always a pleasure at this time of year to see the Virginia Creeper growing through the Pyracantha. I don’t cut the Creeper back because of the glorious colour!

What a pity it doesn’t last longer. The leaves are already falling.

Here’s another couple of scenes that Nature created, with a little help from me.

I seem to have wandered away from flowers, so to finish my meandering, I’ll just show you a few combinations that I find pleasing.

Purple Geranium phaeum with Euphorbia

Purple, gold and white

Sedum spectabile and Hydrangea

Blue and yellow

Last, but not least, I really like mingling pastel colours together. They may not be as striking as some combinations, but after all – it’s all down to personal preference, isn’t it.

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Hi Spritz I try to paint at an art group but your garden and how you have positioned the flowers is stunning, however much we see images living beauty that you have created may be transient but truly artistic

26 Oct, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Very beautiful you have some quite exceptional colour combinations.

26 Oct, 2012

 

Fantastic colour combinations Spritz. Lovely.

26 Oct, 2012

 

Its not useless Spritz and it shows in these lovely photo`s, you have a blooming talent, lol, nice to see a blog from you, hope you are keeping well, how is Henry now??

26 Oct, 2012

 

Wonderful combinations Spritz....I find it difficult to do in the garden....I love the Echinacea 'green envy' pic...beautiful

26 Oct, 2012

 

Love your natural talent for colour mixing Spritz. Its beautiful and I think it has given me some ideas for my replanting project that I have been trying to plan. You do have a real talent there and being able to use colour in this way is simply a treat for the eyes! Michelle xx

26 Oct, 2012

 

Delightful blog, I love your garden. It is not as easy as it looks to get the plantings right, I dont, it takes me several goes and lots of moving about.

26 Oct, 2012

 

Very nice Barbara. I enjoyed all your paintings :o))

26 Oct, 2012

 

Beautiful, I especially like the pastel combination.:)

26 Oct, 2012

 

Gorgeous white and burgundy with lime green border....love that! All the photos are lovely of course Barbara and I must say, I am also good at 'holding' colour in my memory and find it a very useful skill. I never need to cart around an item of clothing to match it up with shoes or bag, or take a cushion to match up with paint. It's a very 'useful' 'talent' I would say! ;) x

26 Oct, 2012

 

Thank you all for reading my 'rambling'! I'm glad you enjoyed it. My husband can't carry colour at all, and often calls a pink flower 'red' for example. I dread to think what he'd put together! LOL.

I do have great sympathy for people who are colour -blind, too. How do they manage?

Henry has been quite unwell, unfortunately. He had a nasty dose of ringworm, got over that only to develop a bad limp. We seem to be at the vet's quite a lot!

27 Oct, 2012

 

Sorry to hear about Henry :o( I hope he'll be all right.
Hope you are continuing to improve too ...

27 Oct, 2012

 

I,m sorry Henrys been off colour give him a hug please. :0)

I,ve a friend who's colour blind, he hadn't been well and his wife bought a painting set for him, she suddenly saw the world as he sees it as he painted what he saw........ I can't really describe it but grass was a sort of brown I understand, I remember looking once at a huge piece of agate with him, very dark rock streaked with red, quite beautiful but he didn't see the red at all......

27 Oct, 2012

 

How strange the world must look - but natural to them, I suppose, if their eyesight has always been like that.

Thanks, Hywel. The vet says he mustn't go for long walks, so OH is just taking him up the lane and back for the moment.

I still can't walk him in case he pulls on the lead - not good for healing bones! I'm doing more, but some things aren't possible yet, like wheelbarrows, heavy weights, too much digging, and definitely leaf raking! That action pulls my chest and hurts... I've still got help in the garden, though, and she's raking for me. :-)))

28 Oct, 2012

 

My OH is colour blind, he always loved the dress I wore when we first met, but to him the lovely green colour was brown. Red/green blindness is the most common type sadly they see very muted/dull colours to the wonderful colours most of us see. This makes for interesting discussions when choosing anything with colour from jumpers to paint!
In women the not defective chromosome dominates and therefore she will not be colour blind but a carrier (a women needs two defective X-chromosome to be colour blind this is called X-linked recessive).
So if you are male and your father suffers from a red-green colour blindness you can not inherit it from him, as only women can be carriers for colour blindness who then pass it on to their sons. So neither of my children are colour blind but if my daughter has a son he may well be colour blind.

28 Oct, 2012

 

Genetics is so interesting. I remember studdying a bit when I did my A levels lol ...
There was a book in the lab, with coloured dots on each page, and a pattern in another colour running through it. If you couldn't see the pattern, you were colourblind.

I'm pleased you've got some help Barbara :o)
Take care !

28 Oct, 2012

 

All the children at each school I taught at had colour-blindness tests from 'that' book! It did pick up a few colour-blind children over the years.

I haven't got a lot of choice, Hywel. If I do too much, I regret it later. :-(
I've been so lucky to find Abi - she's a hard worker and together we've kept the garden going. OH helps with heavy stuff, too. :-)

29 Oct, 2012

 

You seem to be doing well. Keep it up, and be careful :o)

29 Oct, 2012

 

I will. (No choice, really!)

30 Oct, 2012

 

Sorry to hear Henry has been unwell Spritz, I know all about vets visits, lets hope the limp clears up with rest, thats both of you having to do things slowly at the moment then, now thats what is known as sharing, lol, I hope you both continue to improve, its getting there that counts.
BTW its good to see you blogging again, I missed you and your lovely garden...

31 Oct, 2012

 

Love your colour combos Spritz, my fave being the pastels in the last photo...gorgeous! Opposites on the colour wheel like the orange and purple, will always be attractive.
Hope next year brings you better health and for poor Henry too.....I keep taking my ginger tomcat Teddy backwards and forwards to the vets...he just about fits the cat carrier, no room for movement, and he reverses out on the table....as usual...Lol!

31 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks for the good wishes. I'll try to keep blogging! :-))

Henry is confined to the garden - the vet says he needs to rest his leg.

1 Nov, 2012

 

lovely planting combos. I have/am a mutation as I have an unusual blue/purple discrepency. I see them as different shades of a colour. funnily enough i really like this blue end of the spectrum. does lead to a few fashion faux pas though. :o)
glad henry is on the end.

1 Nov, 2012

 

I think you might have meant 'Mend'! :-D)))

Thanks, Sbg...also for the nice comment.

2 Nov, 2012

 

A garden artist Barbara, its lovely to have a big garden so you can have colour borders or mingle pretty pastels, and you certainly have artistic flow :o)
hope Henry is doing well to x

2 Nov, 2012

 

oops yes Mend I still have a sticky m and dont always re read before I press 'send'.

2 Nov, 2012

 

Hallo Sandra! Many thanks. :-))

Your PC is really playing up, Sbg, maybe you need to put it on your Christmas list! ;-)

3 Nov, 2012

 

I loved the title of this blog and it really didn't disappoint either my friend..You are a genius when it comes to combining your colour palette Spritz..Hope Henry is ok soon. Raff has damaged his crusiate ligament in his kneecap, so had him limping here too.. Gorgeous blog as always dear friend..\0/x

7 Nov, 2012

 

Hi Flori! \0/\0/

Thank you - and lovely to see you. Our two 'boys' should get together for a 'limp', shouldn't they! Not funny, I know....

8 Nov, 2012

 

Bet they would get on a treat. Raff is a real social 'animal' lol..
We couldn't afford to have it operated on, but he is on long term anti-inflammatory and seems to be doing well. He is still on his diet too..Hope poor Henry is back to full bounce again soon my friend..Raff sends a wag..\0/x

9 Nov, 2012

 

He's just getting v.v.v. short walks plus lots of tlc, Flori. The vet said he should rest. Haha - doesn't work - he wants to be out in the garden with me all the time. :-/

He also drops large hints to OH about taking him out - but he resists.

9 Nov, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Spritz
Not sure how much you no about the problems I had with Jamie early in the year.At that time you had problems of your own.I would just say if it becomes worse dont let it go unattended,And if the vet does not know the problem with his leg ask for a second opinion or referral.In my case three local vets( they know about as much as a local GP) examined him over seven weeks. A Surgeon at Langford took thirty seconds to diagnose.But the damage by then was much worse.

9 Nov, 2012

 

Thanks for that. No, I didn't know about your Jamie! We'll 'do' something more if he doesn't recover soon. Langford isn't too far from here, after all. I suppose you need a referral, though, do you?

10 Nov, 2012

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