Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint. ~Picasso
The garden of circles is in its most colorful garb of the year and changes its appearance throughout the day as the light shifts and turns.
Morning light brings an inner glow to new blooms, a luminescence seen at no other time of day and ephemeral in its passing.
Evening lights up the hillside and creates shadows around the arbor gateway.
People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and its ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. ~ Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
I’ve been experimenting with color themes for all of my years as a gardener, laying one color against another to create a gentle moment or a raucous party. July is the month of daylily bloom and the endless choice of flower color, patterns and shapes of the hemerocallis clan provides an opportunity to make visual music in the garden.
Sometimes the colors between two flowers are tender and lyrical, creating an evocative melody. (click on any image in the mosaic to see a full size photo)
Pink balloon flower
Daylily ‘Secret Splendor’
Rose ‘Pink Carpet’
Daylily ‘Janice Brown’
Sometimes the darker tones rule, dramatic, mysterioso. “Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” ~Claude Monet
Daylillies ‘Eggplant Ecstasy’ and ‘Velvet Shadows’
Astilbe ‘Chocolate Shogun’
Daylily ‘Persian Ruby’
Daylily ‘Cinderella’s Dark Side’
Daylily ‘Nosferatu’ and Echinacea ‘Ruby Star’
Echinacea ‘Ruby Star’
Daylily ‘Her Majesty’s Wizard’
Daylily ‘UFO’ and Coleus ‘Religious Radish’
I drink purple in the morning and read on lime green. I sleep in smoky blues beneath burnt orange, and I eat in a yellow afterglow. My home is filled with the conversations of color. . . ~Ketzel Levine
What happens when purple meets yellow? Zing! or perhaps Sing! The grape and lemonade bed is in full chorus.
Daylily ‘Etched Eyes’
Daylily ‘Etched Eyes’ and Coleus ‘Gay’s Delight’
Grape and Lemonade bed vignette
Grape and Lemonade bed
Daylily ‘Mokan Butterfly’
Daylily ‘Vampire LeStat’ and Coleus ‘Gay’s Delight’
Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow. ~Kahlil Gibran
The peach and blue bed
Peach has always seemed to me as sweet as pink but with a little more attitude. Combine it with blue for even more pizazz, a romantic pas de deux.
Daylily ‘Full Moon Magic’
Daylily ‘Desert Dreams’
Daylily ‘Francis Joiner’
The new rock walls on the hillside are filling in nicely.
Plants displaced during its construction have settled in and are making lovely warm color combinations that subtly change each morning as the daylily blooms reconfigure themselves.
Daylily ‘Two To Tango’
Daylily ‘Breed Apart’
Daylillies at rock wall
Hot colored hill
Coleus ‘Sedona’ with orange pansy
Daylillies ‘Scarlet’s Web’ and ‘Fairy Firecracker’
Looking down the hillside
Each evening, Angel and I tour the garden, then go up the steps to the house for one more look.
The view from the upper deck reveals the theme of circles in the garden, a visual rondo.
May your summer sing with the sounds and sights of joyful color.
Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul. ~Kandinsky