Daylily Haiku Thursday | Pink!

The meaning of the color pink is unconditional love and nurturing.  It is a softer, non-violent red - the sweet side.  Fiery red is diluted with the innocence of white to make our pink. It is baby girls and cotton candy and bubble gum all rolled into one estrogen-laden hue.  Prisons use it to clothe its most hardened inmates and sports teams use it to paint the visiting teams locker rooms - both tactics to dilute passion and emotion.  It is a romantic color, and some say that for women who are often overworked and overburdened, an attraction to pink may speak to a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.  Hmmm.

H. 'Something Lovely' - note the black punctuation on the filaments!

In Japan, pink is somewhat of a mystery.  It is referred to as a masculine color - nodding to the masses of spring cherry blossoms which signify the young Samurai warriors who fell in battle in the prime of their lives. also has a more provocative, feminine meaning in Japan that I won't discuss here.  <I'm blushing pink right now.>

H. 'Mandarin Seas' - a little more tangerine-pink

Pink does get its name from the garden- the dianthus to be exact.  The name derives from the frilled edge of the flowers - the verb "to pink" dates from the 14th century and means to "decorate with a perforated or punched pattern."  

I still don't know what my fascination with the color is about.  I'm surely not romantic, dilute, or very soft.  Certainly not always girlie or unconditional.  But, my purse is pink, my phone case is pink, I have at one time had pink pinstripes on a car I loved and I have more pink highlighters than should be legal to own.  And, today I noticed I have a ton of great photos of pink daylilies!

Read more fascinating facts about pink here.  There are some wonderfully sinful potential daylily names to be found there- check it out.

red is diluted
with the innocence of white-
bleeding.  fading.  pink.



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