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The Native Gardener’s Paintbox: Pink Moments

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Pink-flowered currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum ‘Claremont’. Author’s photographs
“I am strongly of opinion that the possession of a quantity of plants, however good the plants may be themselves and however ample their number, does not make a garden; it only makes a collection. Having got the plants, the great thing is to use them with careful selection and definite intention. Merely having them, or having them planted unassorted in garden spaces, is only like having a box of paints . . . This does not constitute a picture.”

Gertrude Jekyll, Color Schemes for the Flower Garden
In the pink, tickled pink, pretty in pink, pink perfection . . . . Unlike the negative connotations associated with many other colors (down with the blues, green with envy, in a black mood, red with rage), pink typically conjures up cheerful, happy occasions. As a word, “pink” can, however, convey objectionable or undesirable elements, as in pink slip, pink elephant, or even the politically charged epithet “commie pinko.” Gardeners can eschew these implications and simply enjoy the subtle—or bold—beauty of this versatile color...


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