A Rainbow of Flowers

Red flowers with a lacy white edge

Round, orange flower

Iris with yellow outer petals and pale yellow inner petals

Green and yellow flowers


Blue cornflowers

Purple flowers

Every now and again, the urge to make a rainbow of flowers attacks me and resistance is futile. I can delay a day or two, argue to myself that I’ve already done this, but eventually a new rainbow has to be posted. You can see my previous flower rainbow posts here and here.

Needless to say, my floral rainbows would not pass muster if reviewed by a colour scientist. Perhaps the title ought to be ‘A Flower Rainbow-ish’. Or ‘Seven Flowers, a Bit Rainbow-ishy’.

The blue-indigo-violet stage always perplexes me and consulting the internet tends not to help. Would a yellow rose provide a purer shade of yellow? Most likely, but I’ve been wanting an excuse to post this pretty little two-tone yellow iris. Same goes for the forget-me-not.

But here you have it. Not the most accurate colour representation, but surely any rainbow of flowers helps get the week off to a cheery start?

The flowers are:
Red (and white): Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
Orange: Dahlia
Yellow: Iris
Green: Hacquetia epipactis (the green bits are technically bracts)
Blue: Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)
Indigo: Cornflowers or Bachelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus)
Violet: Lobelia x speciosa ‘Hadspen Purple’

49 Replies to “A Rainbow of Flowers”

  1. the confusion of color naming falls short of the brillance in the “colors” of flowers. The eye is surely amazed by the beauty set forth in God’s creation in flowers. Can a swirl of color in an orchid be described by the names we have given colors? Naw, but thanks for trying. Your pics are tremendous with the names we have given colors.

    1. Orchid is a good example – the colour is supposed to be bright purple pink, but it’s clear many of the orchids haven’t been told that. 🙂

  2. I really identified with this! My daughter once had a homework to make a rainbow of flowers. I kind of took over. I often plan a rainbow border. Not so easy in reality, but lovely to put pics together.

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