Pale and interesting ?! 

20 Sep

I’ve noticed a bit of a floral shift over the last year – the well established trend for bold, dark florals seems to be facing a bit of competition from the pale end of the spectrum. 

For many years, the dahlias that you’d see everywhere were the dark, moody ‘Chat Noir’ and ‘Arabian Night’.

  
But this autumn, you’d have to have been going round with your eyes closed not to have spotted this years ‘must-have’ dahlia – ‘Cafe au Lait’ – a completely different kind of colour – pale, subtle, even maybe a little insipid ? 

Photo below courtesy of Cherfold Cottage Flowers – more beautiful homegrown flowers. 

  
I think some of this love for paler flowers has come from another trend I’ve spotted on Instagram – a very theatrical setting for floral arrangements, reminisant of Dutch Masters paintings. And with a dark background, the paler flowers really pop out ! 

  
   
 
The photos above are from the beautiful The Garden Gate Flower Company who specialise in homegrown British flowers – and who also take beautiful photographs ! 

Obviously these paler flowers also suit the bridal flowers market. 

So it is no surprise to see that this years bulb catalogues are also full of new paler varieties. 

I’ve always grown plenty of bright and bold tulips that look equally fabulous in the garden as they do in the house. 

  
But this autumn I’m keen to try a new palette of softer, subtler colours. 

The ones that have caught my eye include ‘La Belle Epoque‘, ‘Bruine Wimpel‘, and ‘Purple Tower’.

   
   
This last one , above, isn’t really pale and interesting but so unusual ! 

I’ll report back in May to see if pale is really interesting ! 

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2 Responses to “Pale and interesting ?! ”

  1. Penny Padovani September 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Yes I have always gone for the dark and brooding colours, but these pale ones could be a nice change, and as you say look good in the arrangements. I love the black tulips, deep maroon really. But last year I ordered direct from Holland, but was rather disappointed in the quality of the bulbs. Have you any recommendations for suppliers?
    Aunty P.

    • Emma Webber September 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      I buy most of my tulips from Parkers ( you’ll find them on line ) they’re wholesalers so minimum 25 per variety but v cheap. Otherwise I go to Sarah Raven.com where she always has a v good selection. I’m sure JoJo will bulk order from a wholesaler so could add a few for you ??? X

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