Regular readers will know that I have a penchant for bright and deeply saturated colour. I get a colour-high from playing with the loudest tones, and a big, bold clash gives me a bit of a thrill.
But this post is not going to contain any shocks to the system. These photos were taken last night, when I got home, and thought I would just cut a few flowers from the house. It was the pale tones of nicotiana that shone out in the fading light. It struck me just how beautiful they are.
I love the pale sage-green background with its blobs of lilac, purple and white. They are the colours of a tastefully decorated guest bedroom.
I love the way the light catches the fine hairs on the stem and calyx.
The darker purples can stay in the blurred background for a change.
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fata Morgana’ is another subtle one. Its buttermilk yellow is tinged with green when the flower is in bud. I love the fading-out green stems in this photo!
It is a flower that begs for a close gaze. That is a blur of lilac nicotiana behind.
There are actually many flowers to its pincushion head. It is a clarion call of a flower.
Now I am appreciating the complexity of the seedheads. It is delightfully hairy. Dare I say that it reminds me a little of those naughty chin hairs on old ladies? That will be me one day.
I had to sacrifice my borage earlier in the season because it had risen up and boiled over and was threatening to bring down the whole raised bed (see Pata Pata). I must have missed one small plant, or borage is the quickest plant to self-seed, because here is a new one just ready to flower. I love that there are new things happening even at the end of September.
And just because I can’t help it, here is a deep purple to finish, but it does have some lovely subtle lilacs and blues behind it, and that delicious creamy sage too.
If you can spare the time today, I hope you enjoy gazing upon the subtle beauty of these flowers, buds and seedheads.
We won’t have this luxury for long in the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers are slowing down, and soon there will be more seedheads than buds.
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