Clashes, they say? I don’t think so. Nonetheless, thanks to
all the good sports who actually linked to images or posts where (so they
thought) they had inadvertently placed plants/flowers that failed to play
nicely with their neighbors. Quite honestly, I failed to find much fault with
any of the images that were submitted, but I could see what people were talking
about. I’m so glad to see plants thrive where I assume failure that I am easily
blinded to unfortunate combos. In fact, as I was sitting on the patio today, I
was delighted to see the heliopsis blooming (more to follow) along with the clematis and roses I
mentioned as clashing before. So now we have a yellow along with the two mismatched reds. Image above. Glorious!
And so to the winners. I have three books from Timber Press to give away, and
three different winners. First, I suppose some might object to the combination
of scaevola and stachys that Cindy/From My Corner of Katy offers (above). I
happen to like it, but nonetheless, she gets the Book of Blue Flowers.
And I guess that Denise’s salvia, calendrina, and crocosmia
(cropped out) might not please an overly picky eye. She gets Plant-Driven
Even my tolerant eye is ever so slightly taken aback by the
combo Dee/Red Dirt Ramblings displays. There are daylilies and glads of all
different shades here, as well as other plants I can’t quite identify. Quite a
gorgeous miscellany. Green Flowers goes to Dee.
The problem is that we garden bloggers don’t like to show
jarring or supposedly unflattering images of our gardens. But I think as long
as there are lots of healthy, appropriately-selected and well-tended plants, it’s all good. Not
everyone would agree, sure.
There were other submissions that I just didn’t think showed
much if any clash, like Barbara/Mr. McGregor’s Daughter‘s image (above) and Amy/Garden
By Chance‘s (below). I think Amy is concerned about the red roses that have followed these lovely spring flowers and I am not sure what clash Barbara sees.
Thanks, too, to Todd and Carol/May Dreams Gardens for
submitting. Todd’s clash was most benign and Carol’s had to be imagined. I’ll
close with this fabulous image from Craig/Ellis Hollow. It’s not his garden,
but part of a color demo he put together at Cornell. Love it!