My Pink Garden - An Argument for Magenta
I read recently that only about 3% of people surveyed stated that pink was their favorite color, yet they use it in their garden. I imagine that magenta would rate about a -75. It is a stark, brash color. It is the M in your printer's CMYK. It is difficult to work with, purples especially seem to put up their dukes and get down to it. And I do love purples. Thing is, magentas seem to have chosen me. Back when I was a tiny child, I was fascinated with seed-heads. My grandmother grew flowers, and the Lychnis coronaria had some of the coolest seed-heads ever. Just a little pressure on the dried light brown seed-head would reveal enough tiny black seeds to populate a planet. The fuzzy grey stems and leaves were pretty cool too.
Fast forward a few decades and focus on a packet of mixed Monardas I bought from some unknown source. They must of germinated well because I got some red ones, pale pink ones, and a whole slew of magenta ones. 15 years later and they are all magenta. They still attract pollinators like nobody's business.
I am considering tackling a new property. I will likely be populating the flower garden with my magenta blooms and tons of yellow and gold daylilies because that's what I have got. Besides, strong colors really rock under our cloudless skies.