I'm really enjoying the transition to Fall - it's been such a long summer in the Pacific Northwest. Where I'm usually drawn to bold, true colors, the change in season has been a welcome challenge to explore moody and dusky, soft and subtle. Of course I can't help some loud color - it just creeps in.
I recently discovered Adobe Color CC, which uses your photos to create custom palettes - not that I need another app to play with while trying to sleep, but it's been surprisingly helpful, especially when working with muddy colors. This is a group of four palettes I pieced together for the fall-themed Bromeliad pattern below; some got discarded in the end, but it was an interesting place to start.
You can see where it ended up - I lost the teals and green in favor of a more monochromatic palette. Cotinus! Ground Cherries! Anthuriums, Splashy Red Roses & a Big, Bold Bromeliad.
Playing with more garden roses and unusual Maranta foliage. I've been inspired lately by floral designers using plants in somewhat unnatural combinations. Check out the work of BRRCH FLORAL, you'll see what I mean.
Since Portland has such a mild climate, some of these strange juxtapositions are actually possible in the garden. Here's Tetrapanax and Japanese Anemones growing happily in a corner of my back yard.
Speaking of moody and dusky, there's nothing better than Begonia. Happy Fall, All!