“More than anything, I must have flowers always, always.”
So wrote the great Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, whose paintings exploded with the colorful blossoms of his Giverny garden. From the time I was a little girl gathering armloads of daisies from my mother’s garden, I have been similarly addicted to flowers.
To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a single peony—or tulip or dahlia—at its peak of bloom. You can get lost in its subtle shadings of color or the waxy perfection of its petals.
You’ll find a more extensive consideration of color and texture in my new book, The Flower Workshop, but here’s a primer on how to choose blooms to reflect your mood (or score the mood you want).