The Right White

For those of you who are done with Gray as a neutral, white is, well…. the new gray.

Maybe you feel white is too easy but believe me, once you come to considering this colour as a decorating option, you will realise it isn’t straight forward. Like all other colours, white can go in many directions. What undertone are you looking for? A cool white that has a nodding friendship with blue or green? Or are you looking for something with a warm undertone to combat gray, rainy days? Here are three whites from Benjamin Moore, which I use repeatedly.

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 Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

 

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Winds Breath, OC-24, Benjamin Moore. A soft white that works well with beiges.

Cloud white

Cloud White, CC-40, on the wainscoting and trim work. The “decorators darling” of whites, in previous decades. Very creamy, this is a very good white for rooms that want a little extra warmth.

If you are looking for a cooler white, I would suggest OC-51, Intense White or CC-30 Oxford White. (No images at this time.)

 

 

 

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Late winter Flowers

I have been rather preoccupied with work the last few weeks but with the weather being so glorious right now, I had to post these images.

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Due to a very mild winter, these cheerful violas have been blooming since mid January. I plant my containers up in the autumn when pansies and violas become available at the nurseries. They bloom for a few weeks and then keep a low profile till late winter or early spring, weather dependant.

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While not as showy as the big pansies, violas are fragrant. On warmer days, I catch their fragrance when I go in or out the back door – wonderful.

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Winter Interest

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Winter in the garden

I know that here on the west coast of Canada, our winter weather is very gentle compared to other parts of the northern hemisphere. Winter here usually means  plenty of cold rain, shorter days and a few freezing cold spells. Making a garden interesting through all 4 seasons can be a challenge as the rains and frosts eventually finish anything that isn’t an evergreen.

It is always a bonus when a plant looks interesting for more than one period of the year. A number of roses in the garden remain interesting because of their rose hips. They will keep their colour a little longer into winter. The species roses and their close hybrids tend to show the best hips .

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Species rose hips

There are still some fantastic, flouncy seed heads on clematis Tangutica. Like feathered pompoms, c. Tangutica’s seed heads right through an old pear tree and into a rambling rose Lykefund.

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Clematis Tangutica

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Seed heads of clematis Tangutica with rose hips of Lykkefund