In December, the time of year when the Pantone Color of the Year is announced, there usually isn’t a whole lot of any sort of color in my garden. But last week, when I was piddling around out there, I realized the time has come where that color is starting to manifest itself. In the few years I have been paying attention, this is one of the Pantone choices I have liked the best. And right now, there seems to be quite a bit of it out there.
It’s no secret I like red. I find this particular version of it rich, supple and elegant – understated rather than loud – as reds go. I haven’t been able to think of many currently flowering flowers that actually sport this color, but there are plenty of other elements that showcase it or a close simile.
As far as flowers go, it is the ones usually sold as “black” that will come closest to Marsala. As time progresses, there will no doubt be more Marsala in my garden – as some of you might know, I’m awfully fond of black flowers. The photos below are from my garden from years past. Kind of fun to revisit what I have to look forward to in months to come…
The list of Marsala candidates could easily get longer still. Black Dahlias, the black Landini lilies, calla lilies, those really cool black Scabiosas, bachelor buttons, cosmos, and so on, but this will do for now. For the most part, I tend to scoff at idiocies like ‘Color of the Year’ and goofy trends like that. It’s kind of silly – I love all colors in the right setting, and I have had a special place in my heart for these particular kinds of rich, dark, voluptuous reds for many years. I don’t intend to stop loving them in December 2015 when Pantone launches the next trendy color. I don’t really pay much attention to trends other than noting them, and I generally like to think of them as crutches for the creatively challenged. That said, we all have our favorites. I’m drawn to reds, so putting together this post was easy – I like surrounding myself with them. Last year’s color was a lot worse for me – Radiant Orchid was the color – a kind of violet purple. I started compiling photos for a post, but never got around to finishing it – almost all of the photos were taken in settings other than my garden. Perhaps I still will post about it. The post would be a year late, but hey – it’s still a totally valid color, beautiful in its own right – even though the trend gurus at Pantone have moved on to the next fleeting notion.