I've blogged quite a few photo-posts about spring and summer flower colours, to show how much better we could do with our clothes if our attitude to them matched our love of flowers. I'll use the splendid rose exhibit above to open another. I love the rose because it's vivid, its colour is consistent all across the petals, and it's an unusual
shade. This exhibit grabbed my attention when I saw it in real life, and it grabs my attention when I see it in photos.
I say exhibit: this was one of the items displayed at yesterday's Wolvercote Horticultural Society summer show. There are photos of some others below. Photo number five is striking because of the orange flower at the focus of the arrangement.
WHS had a textile section as well as flowers, from which I've shown a colourful tapestry stool. The judges' label on it reads, "Lovely stool with a bright and detailed design. Love the way the braiding on edge matches the design." I'd give the exhibitor's name, but they were anonymous, known only as Exhibitor No. 28.
Here's another in my series on seasonal colours. I saw this on the towpath of the Oxford canal, and liked the colour and pattern. I suspect it's a mallow. The photo is a close-up: the flower in its entirety is below.
I took these photos yesterday. I like the yellow rose almost as much as
this peach rose.
The photo above it, I think, is a young rose hip. There’s a small
spot of intense orangey-red visible in the middle, bordered by the
less intense outer part of the hip and contrasting with the
glossy dark leaves.
I photographed this peach-coloured rose yesterday. It would make a good colour for ... well, just about any item of clothing. Looking at the photo, I find the combination of peach and green very satisfying.
I'm not really sure what I mean by that, but I think it's some kind of equivalent of "filling", applied to a good meal.
Technically speaking, these aren't quite summer colours, as I photographed them yesterday. I walked up to Wytham, where there's a little village store that also sells afternoon teas, with scones, jam and cream. To be eaten, at this time of year, in the garden amongst the roses. The pink is almost the same as that of an item of clothing I'm going to show shortly.
I walked to Sandford-on-Thames on Friday. Primroses and other primulas were abundant in the churchyard, and the café and village shop had a pot of wonderfully intense violets. On the way back, I saw what can only be described as a shoe tree.
It's spring! Today is the official beginning; and yesterday even felt pleasantly bright and warm, after more than two weeks of continuous wind and rain. Here are three photos from last spring showing what we have to look forward to. Even in these three, taken from very similar viewpoints, there is so much variation amongst the greens and pinks.