WHITE!

These are a few more of the flowers I get to work with. The cool season annuals will eventually be replaced with warm season annuals. The English daisies are warm season annuals that replaced cyclamen. Candytuft stays as a perennial. The viola and dianthus are sparse because of the shade from the big redwoods.

If you are easily offended, you should not read this article I wrote earlier about my favorite color: https://tonytomeo.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/white-supremacy/

1. cyclamenP80303
2. violaP80303+
3. dianthusP80303++
4. primroseP80303+++
5. English daisyP80303++++
6. candytuftP80303+++++
This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/six-on-saturday-a-participant-guide/

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34 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: My Favorite Color II – The Sequel!

  1. I have one candytuft plant that has survived in a pot. Many years ago, in my first garden, I had a flower bed with white combined with pink petunias, visible from the road, which pedestrians used to stop and admire. One day when this drought is finished, I’ll restore our current garden.

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    1. I am sorry that it troubles you. I like to think that joking about white supremacy makes a joke of white supremacy. It makes it less powerful. Brent and I both have had our minor encounters with it, and it is laughable to us. Are you in a society where it is still a significant problem?

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      1. Then I misunderstood your intention and apologise. I live in the UK, so I suppose we have all the same inherent unconscious bias, and some pockets of racism.

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    1. Yes. White happens to fit in nicely where we have so much deep green in the redwood forests. It does not fit in so well in the chaparral climate in the Santa Clara Valley unless planted with rich green as well. There are some flowers that simply do not look as good in white as in other colors, and a few that even look rather pale in white. For example, white crape myrtle can look rather shabby if the foliage is not at its best.

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      1. I’ve always had shades of pink and some that are almost burgandy. I do like the pink ones better, but white ones are interesting too. All flowers are beautiful tho, and I think we appreciate them so much cos our winters only allow us to have them part of the year.

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      2. You know, I enjoy growing the plants that produce the flowers, but could do without the flowers. I really love working with hybrid tea roses, but the rose blooms are merely an added bonus.

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    1. I have never even seen the Cyclamen coum available in nurseries. The common florist cyclamen can grow as perennials here, like the Cyclamen coum, but most people discard them as the defoliate in spring and summer.

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    1. Thank you. Candytuft looks like alyssum to me. I suppose it can be used in a similar manner. Most of us pull it up like annuals. But then, ‘some’ of us let our alyssum grow like perennials. (Old plants get pulled out as they get replaced by new plants, but the alyssum is always there.)

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  2. Martha Stewart wrote about the use of White in her gardens. She described white flowers as the holders of the last light of day. She encouraged using whites beside paths or beds to your front or back doors. Here in central Pennsylvania I grow sturdy daylilies but they don’t seem to grow in white, so instead, I use many varieties of hostas with their white plumes. And of course, the springtime scented white lilacs, the snowball viburnum.

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    1. I would use white everywhere if I could. It just does not work well everywhere. In my planter box downtown, white flowers look like litter, especially in the light green foliage of aeoniums. At my former home in town, orange and yellow were good colors because it was such a simple and open landscape. Even my geraniums are not white. They are bright orangish red and bright pink; but I will not part with them because I have been growing them since I was a kid. It is gratifying too find a good application for white.

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  3. I’ve never thought about the importance of good foliage with white flowers, but it’s true. Part of what makes our white wildflowers so attractive is that they generally arrive with a goodly dollop of green with them. Yesterday, I found the largest patch of dewberry blossoms I’ve ever seen, out in the country. The vines, with their complement of green leaves, added a good bit.

    I didn’t realize there is white dianthus, and I’ve never heard of candytuft. Both are delightful.

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    1. How funny about the dianthus. Others have said the same. Although I like white, I get bored with the white dianthus because it is so common. The burgundy is rare now.

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  4. I really like white but have shied away from it in my bright sunny garden. It looks wonderful in a shade garden and I like to mix white annuals such as impatiens with hot pink and coral.

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    1. My garden in town was too sunny for white too. Orange and yellow nasturtiums looked excellent. White chrysanthemums looked like litter that blew in. I do not use white in my downtown planter box either, for the same reason, and because the foliage is lightly colored.

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