Bubble Gum

Too sweet for my taste

They say that there are no color clashes in nature. I think that I would probably agree–but it doesn’t mean that we have to like everything that we see.

This time of year, this color combination happens to be very prominent around here. You would think that I would be so grateful to see flowers of any sort after almost 6 months of wet and cold that I would like just about anything, wouldn’t you? But no! I have to be picky on top of it!

This sweet pink with the bright yellow–each of which I love either individually or with other colors–together just doesn’t do it for me.

Slight variation on a theme

This is my rhododendron, `Olga Mezett.’ My neighbor’s forsythia is behind it on the next lot. My rhodie is not quite as red as it appears here–but it’s also not bubble gum pink.

Rhodie again

This is a better view, with a truer idea of the color. It’s probably closer to fuchsia. And I have no issues with fuchsia and yellow together. In fact, that twiggy shrub next to the rhodie is an orange witch hazel that has just finished blooming, so imagine those two hot colors together. That’s more my style. Now you see why I am not in love with the pink and yellow together.

But as I always used to say when I worked in retail gardening, if we all liked the same thing, we’d have a very boring world!

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