Blue and Green should never be seen except with something in between.
Pink and Green fit for a queen.
Red and Yellow catch a fellow.
Brown and Blue will never do.
These are just a few I came across. Which, if any, version are you familiar with? Or perhaps you can shed light on the whole matter. Please put me out of my misery.
The red and green in my understanding is the red of the Irish Colleen's (girl) flowing red locks and the green of her dress. My aunt was a red head and always told me that red heads should just not wear pink, ever! Green and autumnal colours pretty much made up her entire wardrobe if I remember rightly. The red and green connection apparently has it's roots based in maritime history - the lights we can see when its dark in shipping lanes. Aircraft also use the green and red light system.. A stark warning in the waters or skies if you see them together.
Being Scottish, I of course, have to bring the matter of tartan into the equation - well that just turns the whole colour theory thing on it's head, doesn't it? Anything goes in so far as that's concerned. Some of those tartans just scream at you and should come with their own colour volume button.
Whether they be deciduous or evergreen - many plants around my garden have something to offer in autumn. Be it shades of orange, yellow, pink, red, even boring old brown by far my favourite autumn colour is red. No matter how inspired our flower combinations are or how well thought out our foliage combos are it's at this time of the year the garden can take on a different dimension before our garden retreats til spring.
Reds and greens just happen to be my favourite at this time of the year. There is plenty of it around right now.
That was yesterday......and today? An overnight transformation. You can see now why is called Autumn Spire.
Not only does this Persicaria bloom over many months and is a valuable plant in my garden- it's gradual change of colour is vivid. It will soon collapse in the mushy heap though.
Even Clematis montana Marjorie is getting in on the act.
This dying Peony foliage is on fire this year. Others are not quiet so eyecatching.
The Enkianthus and Gillenia too. Hints of red creeping in here.
A closer look
This October I am joining Christina and other garden bloggers rejoicing their autumn colours over at her Hesperides Garden. Please do join us.