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. I like them because they grew on the forest floor in a dense forest of Monterey pine, Monterey cypress and blue gum in Montara. The light blue contrasted with the shade, and they seemed happy with the minimal sunlight that they got. They also remind me of Alaska, even though I have never been there.

    1. A rainbow seems such a joyful, unexpected wonder, even if it’s raining and sunny at the same time, and we’ve been looking out for one.

  1. We have had plenty of rainbows over the last few days Susan so yours is in good company. You cannot beat vibrant colours to cheer you up on a cold and grey winter’s day. Thank you 🙂

    1. I keep taking pictures of autumn foliage but for some reason, keep on sharing the ones from earlier in the summer. I expect it will be spring before I get round to posting the autumn ones!

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