10 June 2009
Feeling the love for Orange...a horti-political commentary
Orange is such a bright, cheerful colour, isn't it? Don't you just love to see it everywhere? (Geum 'Cooky')
It's a funny thing about orange. I don't wear it or have it in the house anywhere (except on flowers that are blooming) but in the garden, it makes me instantly happy. (Callibrachoa 'Terracotta')
There are so many awesome shades of orange, aren't there? (Fireball Azalea)
I especially love orange blossoms punching up their brilliance in the spring garden, as an anodyne to the more tepid pastel colours (no diss meant to those who like pastels, but as I've said before...here in the fog, we need bright colours in our gardens) (Lantana Landmark Citrus)
Okay, maybe this is more PORANGE than true orange...but it's a great hummingbird magnet, and smells divine to boot (Agastache Acapulco)
I love how orange can go from being a nearly-salmon colour (Diascia Orange something or other, suffering from lost label syndrome)
Or a more cheddary colour (Trollius Orange Queen)
It can be jaw-droppingly awesome and vibrant in colour (Euphorbia 'Fireglow')
Or more subtle, although paired with Chameleon Euphorbia brightens it even more. (One of the Lights series of azaleas)
There's a particular reason for my glee about orange today. (yes, I'm slowly feeling better, thank you for all your get well wishes). Orange happens to represent my provincial political party of choice...and the New Democratic Party made history here in Nova Scotia last night by electing its first majority government. Whoooo hooooo! They can't fix everything overnight, of course, but I have long been impressed by the integrity of premier-designate Darrell Dexter, and was thrilled to do my small bit to help elect an NDP Member of the Legislature in my riding for the first time ever, too.
I hadn't been out of the house much in the past couple of days except to go to the doctor...and so I almost missed the beginning of the highlight of my gardening season. What colour is the perfect counterpoint/complement to orange?
Blue, of course. Blooming a week earlier than usual. I'll have more to say on that in my next blog post, though.