This week I was inspired to get these deep, almost black dahlias after discovering a farm dedicated to such dark-hued plants (I'll be posting about them later today). Having such a dark flower is much like beginning an oil painting on a deep ochre ground...
I like the large negative space formed by such dark flowers. What would you have put in with them?
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Many colors pop out and are intensified when set against such a deep background. The dahlias were so dark that even in good light there was barely a hint of their petal structures, as most of it was swallowed up in the dark velvety shadow they created.
Although my first instinct was to put some rust-colored callas or something similar in with these, I ended up getting some tight, green Lisianthus blossoms (which open to white - would have loved to put in some lime green Cymbidiums, but that would break the weekly flower budget...), and also mixed in a few leaves from a bleeding heart plant out in the garden (you heard me right - I have a garden. A puny one. And I just may share a few pictures later on this weekend.).
The white was nice, but it was the green that practically glowed against the blackish-red dahlias. Of course these are way out of season...leave it to New York City to have such temptations roll through the flower shops. Every. Single. Week.
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