The Colour Wheel

More clearing up of clippings was required this morning. On my way through the garden, I had a chat with our friendly baby blackbird. Since its father no longer, from a safe distance, follows it around he must have decided this little creature, who has known us all its brief life, can fend for itself.

Blackbird baby

The cocked head indicates a listening ear.

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only, Rose of the Year 2015, has its first bloom.


According to basic colour theory,  analogous colours are any three which are side by side on a 12 part colour wheel, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange. Usually one of the three shades predominates. Complementary colours are any two which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green.

Cricket on dahlia

I think this tiny yellow-green cricket, distinguishable from it’s grasshopper relative by the length of its pearly antennae, must have been studying this, as it perched on a red dahlia with violet-tinged petals, and yellow, orange-shaded stamens. Analogous or complimentary? Food for thought.

I became quite excited when I noticed an exotic new butterfly resting on a pink hydrangea.

Rose petal on dahlia

It proved to be a fallen rose petal.

Margery and Paul came for a visit this afternoon. As always, we had enjoyable conversation, then made a tour of the garden. Our friends were suitably appreciative of the changes made during the last year.

Jackie and I dined this evening on Mr Pink’s fish and chips, Garner’s pickled onions, and Freshona gherkins. My  lady drank Hoegaarden, and I abstained.

39 responses to “The Colour Wheel”

  1. I’ll wager that before there was any human abstraction such as the color wheel to study, the wisdom of the cricket understood in its own way both analog and complement.
    Beautiful thought and shot, Derrick!

  2. That little bird is adorable! And I’ve mistaken a lot of cows for bears, so I understand your rose petal butterfly. ;).

  3. I was about to entertain you with my thoughts on the colour wheel – then I read that you abstained – which is surely the first time I read that – and grew concerned about your well-being …..

  4. Hmmm. I was telling someone last weekend that every once in a while, I ‘m in a restaurant and when I think about having some wine my stomach cringes. Then I don’t have any. Love the cricket and the little bird.

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