Friday, February 27, 2015

White is a color, too

It may be my imagination - been known to happen - but there seem to be an awful lot of white flowers at the show this year. Giant white hydrangeas. Lilies and mums. Roses and roses, great masses of them. Maybe they've been there all along and I'm just begining to notice - and to think of them as a design element in the garden.

White is a color, too

It may be my imagination - been known to happen - but there seem to be an awful lot of white flowers at the show this year. Giant white hydrangeas. Lilies and mums. Roses and roses, great masses of them. Maybe they've been there all along and I'm just begining to notice - and to think of them as a design element in the garden. 

White flowers, especially fragrant ones, are usually associated with moon gardens, designed to light up the darkness. During hot summer afternoons, white can look awful. But in the morning, and early evening, you can see the potential. I've grown moonflower vine, which produces a large, soft flower on a fence and it never fails to draw attention. Maybe it's time to try other things.

Last week, I bought white tulips for the table. Maybe the first time. I usually go for yellow or pink or purple. The white ones look regal, a word not usually associated with my perennially under-construction household, but they ease the pain somewhat.

I associate white with weddings, funerals, religious occasions like Easter. It'll be interesting to see how white flora fares in the harsh Convention Center light. No religious experience, that. 

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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