I love seeing a tinge of mocha or smoky lavender or "dirty" yellow in flowers. Muted shades. Flesh colors.
Bright colored blooms are beautiful, but the unusual hues found in the flower world are considered gold mines to many designers.
I owe my obsession with "brown" flowers to Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua. When I first stumbled upon the Saipua website three years ago, I felt like I had truly found my religion. Sarah's moody, ephemeral florals touched me on such a deep, emotional level. After pouring over the vast collection of photographs of her work and reading every blog post she had written since 2010 (she is a talented writer too), I decided to turn my gardening hobby into a career in floral design.
The bearded iris is probably the "Queen of Unusual Color Possibilities" in the flower world. I have set my sights on the bearded iris as my obsession to design with unusual colors consumes me. But a dive into the world of the bearded iris deserves a post all its own, so I will leave that for another day.
The search for the unusual has sparked an idea in my head. The Cutting Garden Collective is percolating. I will mull this idea over in a blog post at a later date too.
Happy gardening and hunting for those brown flowers ;).