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Purple…. again!

5 Mar

I may have mentioned before, but last summer was my “purple” summer.   Purple, purple, purple…..  Consequently I was a little tired of purple by the end of the season and my creative tank felt like it was running on empty.

When I was at the wholesale market the other day and saw these beautiful purple hydrangeas, I had to have them!   Even though they were extremely expensive – seven dollars a stem – they were so stunning I knew they would make a huge impact however I chose to use them.   In addition to the hydrangeas, the purple lisianthus and purple tulips were also too gorgeous to pass up.  I could have easily added yellow to these arrangements, since the project was for the University of Washington, but it just couldn’t embrace it.  It was obvious to add white, but what other color could I use?   Then I saw the bright green spider mums I knew it would be the third color I would be working with.

What is color blocking?  Color blocking is a technique in which a mass quantity of color is used to create a dramatic or eye catching effect.  In the fashion industry, they use opposites on the color wheel to make a bold statement.   With flowers you don’t have to use the opposite side of the color wheel to make an impact, you can use bold groupings of contrasting or complimentary color depending on the effect you want or even the same color in varying shades and textures.  The other beauty of color blocking is that you can make a bold statement on a limited of budget.

In these arrangements the bold concentration of the purple, green and white draws attention to the flowers, while the assorted textures created depth and interest.



Sometimes the flowers I consider ordinary – mums, carnations really deserve a closer look.  Look at the texture and color of this spider mum.  Although this is not one of my favorite flowers to work with, mostly because it is so delicate and tends to loose its petals rather easily, you have to admit – the color is stunning.


The texture and color of these lisianthus is pretty amazing as well.  I especially love the few with tinges of purple around the edge.


I really wish I could do these hydrangeas justice, but you have to look at them closely to appreciate their uniqueness.


And the tulips – need I say more?


If every time I went to the market the hydrangeas looked like this, I might embrace purple a little more.  But hydrangeas go through many changes and this is one of many I am sure you will see in the season to come.

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