Pink in the Garden
Crab Apple Blossom
The yellows of the spring daffodil displays in my garden are warm and beautiful (even if the spring weather isn't). But in mid-spring a new colour transforms the garden borders. The colour pink has arrived!
The first deep pink blossom starts to appear in the driveway. There are two contributors, one a large flowering Cherry tree (Prunus), the other a small refined Crab Apple.
I usually feel rather 'yellowed-out' by now. The daffodils have been dominant, and I've taken a thousand photographs of cream-yellow, apricot-yellow, terracotta-yellow...
Crab Apple Trees
I always forget how beautiful this new pink blossom colour is. I'm spoilt for early spring blossom, but it's pale and whitish. I instantly resolve to purchase and plant more Crab Apple trees. And I have the perfect spot over the water race for a really bright pink Japanese Flowering Cherry - the colour I've rudely called 'felt-pen pink' in less enlightened moments...
Rose Pink Blossom
Suddenly there are pink things everywhere. Every gardening day I am on a pink mission - I decide I love this colour! The first of my large rhododendrons starts generously flowering, and I have huge heads of pink flowers for the house - absolutely beautiful! The pink Camellias, too, are in full flower.
By now I am feeling rather sheepish - none of my annual seedlings are pink, and overnight this has become my most favourite colour! I must buy some more pink roses! I am inspired - perhaps I could even buy a baby-pink apres-gardening shirt... maybe not...
I think that's the wonderful thing about colour in the garden - it's impossible to have a favourite for more than two weeks! For now I'm enjoying the Moosey Festival of Pink.