My clothing palate has become subdued as I’ve aged. I don’t know if this is a societal expectation or if it is just that I am too lazy to coordinate an outfit and so keeping it monochrome is simpler. In any case, I get my color kicks from my garden although even here I do have a favorite color: orange.
Orange in the Garden
I’ve always loved orange. It is such a happy color reminiscent of good times had in the warm (orange) sunshine. I also liked it because no one else did and I wanted to exert my individuality during my adolescence”¦or maybe that’s all mixed up with my desire to annoy my mother”¦
At any rate, I still love orange in the garden. I have garden art that reflects my adoration of the hue; two enormous, brilliantly orange, glazed spheres whose only purpose is to look orange. I also have a glass blown spire of fiery oranges poking up amongst the ornamental grasses.
This year I plan on extending my color scheme of orange beauties. I have an orange azalea air layering in my Mom’s garden and I’ve ordered an orange dahlia (‘Dazzling Magic’), a Gloriosa lily, and Luminous Pineleaf Beardtongue (penstemon).
Trees That Are Orange
I covet the ‘Midwinter Fire’ dogwood at the moment as well, but I haven’t yet obtained one. I think it will go beautifully with my ‘Diane’ witch hazel shrub; another entry in the orange color scheme I have going. It bloomed for the first time this winter and it smells divine as well.
Yep, I’m going to find a ‘Midwinter Fire’ dogwood. I need some more sunny orange to brighten the less than sunny days of winter. Summer isn’t the only time the sun should come out.