Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dahlias give Durham artists inspiration!

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Dahlias in planting scheme on Palace Green Durham North East UK photo by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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Walking around Durham after attending a Wedding Fair last weekend, I was entranced by the planting scheme up on Palace Green by the Cathedral. Dahlias in the most brilliant hues of magenta and pink shining like jewels amidst their dark foliage, nestling in a sea of silvery white. I love the way the petals have gradients of colours from cool magenta to warmer pinks all in such luminosity.
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Dahlias in planting scheme on Palace Green Durham North East UK photo by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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And what are these striking colours? Oh the bold brilliance of those reds! Magenta, pink ... and RED??? Would one wear those colours together? (I may try!) But the red echoes the ruby-tinged centres of the dahlias and turns what could be a clash of colours into a dazzling display. The eye constantly wanders from cool magenta to hot red to dark background and silvery highlights - enchanting!
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Dahlias in planting scheme on Palace Green Durham North East UK photo by North East artist Ingrid Sylvestre

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The mellow stone wall in the background adds a touch of warm tranquility as the sun slowly goes down, and we walk on, inspired.
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5 comments:

visualnorway said...

No wonder you get inspiration from all those magnificent flowers and colours!

PS Thank you for the comment. Just click at the word "comments" at the end of the text above the photo (yes, I know the text is small, but the template is "to blame" :-) )

Anna said...

A fabulous display Ingrid although I think that I prefer the top photo where the begonias are absent. I wonder which dahlia it is.

Phoenix C. said...

Thanks RuneE - I will see if I can find 'comments', however small the text!

Phoenix C. said...

Thanks RuneE - I will see if I can find 'comments', however small the text!

Phoenix C. said...

It looks more conventional (and very pleasing) without the begonias, Anna, but I do find their presence visually amazing! I'll see if I can find out which dahlias they are.