Those of you who have been with me for a while know I have a bit of a hang-up with the color pink. Not hot pink as much as baby pink, but still… it remains a difficult color for me, for reasons I’m continuously trying to figure out, and mused about here, on my other blog. So, shortly after writing that post, I vowed to challenge myself to use pink in my garden this year – especially the pastelly baby kind. Not just use it, but to truly embrace it in a way where I could step back and say “Yep, I really like that”.
So, summer is over – how did I do on this challenge? Well, I suppose I haven’t been as diligent in my quest as one might have hoped, but I’m getting there. Surprisingly, what kicked me into action was a Baby’s breath – the hardy Gypsophilia paniculata ‘Festival Pink. Its airy structure of tiny pink flowers made me think that I could do this. The Swedish word for Baby’s breath translates to Bridal Veil (Brudslöja) and to this day, that is how I think of it. I always stumble over the words ‘Baby’s breath’ when I have to say it, because I want to call it something else. So, of course, whatever I ended up doing with this thing would have to evoke some kind of wedding – something.
Soon after acquiring this marvel, I got a start of an Agave americana ‘Medio Picta’ at a plant sale. I love its white and blue variegation! And, suddenly I knew! This was the one that would be paired with the Gypsophilia. Yeah, it was going to be a wedding, but it was going to be a wedding with some attitude! So, who are the guests?
Euphorbia ‘Glacier Blue’ – because I love its blue and white foliage, and because it doesn’t get very tall.
A Helianthemum ‘Wisley Pink’. In a perfect world, it has gray foliage and baby-pink flowers with yellow centers, but languishing in a nursery pot for too long rendered it a nearly useless bundle of sticks with a few sad-looking leaves. Oh well, I rescued it from the dumpster, and I am nothing if not a supporter of second (and third) chances. I’m cheering it on, because this would be the only other pink plant in this arrangement. It hasn’t bloomed for me yet, so you’ll have to make do with this photo from Monrovia’s website.
Helichrysum (Licorice plant) – a trailing annual with fuzzy gray-green leaves. I like it a lot. Except in this planter, it is all but smothering the bride herself with its exuberant abundance.
Rosa ‘Starla’ – a miniature rose that I rescued out of pity last year. It had been sitting in its nursery pot since, poor thing, but is rewarding me now that its living quarters have been upgraded.
Sanseveria trifasciata ‘Bantel’s Sensation’ – which will have to come inside once fall draws to a close. Love those stripes!
My intentions were all good, but summer got away from me. Once I finally got it all assembled, the Bridal Veil aka Baby’s Breath was all but done blooming. And, as mentioned above, the Bride herself has gotten a bit overwhelmed by some of her guests. In all, I’d say it was a pretty good wedding, except I never truly got to experience the punk in all her sheer pinkness. Oh well, there is always next year, right? I think this is an experiment that could look really good when done right, so I will try again. Hopefully by then, the child bride has grown a little, and has a bigger attitude.