I love absolutely love red. My dining room is red. I have a whole range of decorative accessories that are red. I even have a collection of red sweaters for pete's sake. So how is it that there are hardly any red flowers in my garden? I have been pondering this question as I put this post together.
When I began my garden I did not have a color scheme in mind. Nor did I consciously set out to favor certain colors and exclude others. Yet, I seem to have ended up with lots of white, pink, and mauve flowers. Other colors, like yellow, show up and hog the stage for a brief time, but they are interlopers, not main characters.
I have a few red roses like the one above, but I have to say I would choose a pink rose over a red rose every time, hands down. Pink roses just seem prettier to me somehow. And of the all the pinks, I prefer dark pink roses best. Softer pinks seem to fade in the bright sunlight and end up looking washed out.
So where is the red in my garden? It is limited to a couple of roses, some bee balm, a couple of oriental poppies (which are arguably deep orange in color) and smattering of gallardia.
In this post, we will take a look back at the reds of the previous garden season- not in my garden so much, but elsewhere as noted.
Gallardia flowers- a great sun loving, self-seeding flower in my garden
This vine is an invasive nuisance in my garden, but doesn't it look beautiful
in its fall colors on this church in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Red gladiola flowers from the Kingston Farmer's Market
A collection of birdhouses decorate my neighbor's garage door.
A colorful wagon from Canada Blooms 2011
Spigelia Marilandica or Indian Pink in the Kavassalis Garden Oakville. (see the garden here)
Yvonne Alexander Rose at the Royal Botanical Gardens. (See the rose garden at the RBG here.)
A hollyhock in the Kavassalis Garden Oakville. (see the garden here)
Rosehips in my garden
Red summer cherries. Yum!
Currants at the local Farmer's Market and below in my garden.
A row of red cherries.
Red dahlias from the Farmer's Market.
A dragonfly sunning himself. Aren't his red eyes wild looking?
Robert W. Auten Peony at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton.
Berries on a Canadian Yew just behind the back garden.
A burning bush in the fall.
Crazy red Swiss Chard growing in a vegetable plot at Edwards Garden Toronto.
Another shot of red dahlias.
One of my Japanese Maples turning red in fall.
My frost covered red roses.
When it comes to my favorite color, am I a traitor when it comes to the garden? A guess I have to say that I am.
Have a great weekend!