You might think so after seeing this trio of vivid bouquets created by Mary Fisher, owner of Cultus Bay Nursery on Whidbey Island. Mary and her daughter do wedding flowers, and these are so lively and startling, in the best of ways....picked from Cultus Bay's new pink and orange border.
Which I'll photograph as soon as I get a chance to visit. In the meantime...think about how most of us - or maybe it's just me - used to think that pink and orange together, especially bright shades like these, clashed. The touches of green mediate, and I think it works because each color is equally strong - the bouquets wouldn't be nearly as effective if the colors had shaded to melons, sherberts, pastels...Each tone needs to hold its own and not lapse into sweetness.
I love the yin and yang of such sumptuous, intense flowers gathered into simple glass vases. High summer in a glass, color artistry in a few well-chosen dahlias and companions.
Unexpected compositions like this remind me how we limit our perceptions with our assumptions. What other pleasing combinations, in the vase and in the garden, are we missing due to preconceived notions of what does and doesn't go together?? Thanks, Mary, for a beautiful lesson in pink and orange..