Saturday, 14 July 2012

Colour from the season - Red Clover pink

I picked this Red Clover in a magical place. An old quarry flooded to make a fishing lake, Carp lazing on the surface, the brilliant flash of a Kingfisher, Deer tracks at the waters edge, no traffic noise, no people, just quiet stillness.

The petals of the clover are (up to 300) tubular florets with zygomorphic symmetry! Though it's called Red Clover, there are in fact only pinks in the floret. Not that interesting on their own, but put them next to the warm brown of a fading flower and the deep green of a leaf and you have a colour palette which is also quite magical...

...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.