In Praise of Pink and Green

If you’ve ever wondered about the timeless appeal of pink and green quilts, you have only to look to Mother Nature:

I snapped this photo on May 24, the day the first peony on our three bushes opened up. Since then all three bushes have exploded with blossoms.

This peony is from the darkest of the three bushes:

It’s the Dear Husband’s favorite but it’s the lighter shade I’m swooning over:

The dogwood trees this spring were the loveliest in recent memory. Everyone I’ve spoken to agrees. This shot was taken from our front porch one recent morning when the sun lit up the dogwood belonging to our neighbors two doors down:

Even the lilacs in our backyard, which are actually light purple, looked pink the morning in late April when this photo was taken:

Then there is this unusual succulent — update: identified by a reader as Lewisia — growing in a pot in our backyard:

I’m reminded of the most recent pink and green quilt I finished, the one for Baby Isabella . . .

. . . and this kaleidoscope quilt, made for a great niece in 2013 from a fabulous hydrangea print:

This is the back of the quilt, so you can see what the focus fabric looked like before I turned it into kaleidoscope blocks:

And this is my first pink and green quilt, completed 10 years ago, made from my pattern Four-Patch Wonder:

I named the quilt Framboise, the French word for raspberry. You can read more about the making of it here. Here’s another shot of Framboise au naturel, surrounded by even more green:

Speaking of raspberries, the vines in our backyard will be producing those small deep pink edible jewels in a month’s time, adding to my continuing enjoyment of pink and green.

Do you find the combination of pink and green as irresistible as I do? In nature as well as in quilts?




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12 Responses to In Praise of Pink and Green

  1. Sandy says:

    I love this post with all the gorgeous flowers and quilts. Just beautiful!

  2. Sandi says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous!! I love pink and green together! Hugs,

  3. Rosalind McCormick says:

    Pink and green is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the lovely quilt and nature photos.

  4. Christine Lentz says:

    Oh my goodness! The photos of peonies, succulent, & dogwood tree are just spectacular! I’ve said to friends I thought the plants I’ve seen this spring are the prettiest I’ve seen since moving to Oregon in 1979. And the quilts, of course, are lovely.

  5. arden says:

    I love pink and green as a color combination. It’s my favorite combo and I would make all pink and green quilts if I had enough fabric! Thanks for the photos….

  6. Charlotte says:

    Your flowers are beautiful! Peonies are my favorite. I’ve planted one bush this year, but it is too late for blooms….next year.

  7. Vickie Rooks says:

    Fantastic photos of Mother Nature’s work and your work. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Suzette Shoulders says:

    I just LOVE your flowers, Dawn! The one thing about moving to the High Desert from Beaverton area is that I miss the abundance of SPRING in the valley! SO, I have done a pink and green tea party with quilt challenge since 2006, week of the Sisters Outdoor show. Some years I have had 9 guests, one year there were 17! Obviously, the past two years, no tea party. I continue to be in love with the color scheme of pink and green, and have the shelves of fabric to prove that statement! I hope to have a few friends for a small meal this year, and sharing of pink and green quilts. Happy gardening to you and your husband, what gorgeous flowers your peonies are! And what an interesting thing the plant in the pot is!! Hugs from Bend, Suzette

    • Dawn says:

      I love your idea of a pink and green tea party, Suzette! The mystery plant in the pot has been identified (see below).

  9. Diane says:

    What a lovely post, Nubs!

  10. Pat says:

    Hi! The unusual succulent is Lewisia. It loves the sun!

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks for the plant ID, Pat! The Lewisia is past its prime now but it sure was gorgeous for several days.

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