A day in the life of a florist is similar to living life in a box of crayons. Life was simple when the box only had eight colors. Now it is  so much more complex and complicated!

If you think roses are red and violets are blue… you may be right but it’s not true.  In reality violets are really only blue if we are talking about poetry. Then again we may find that violets are actually periwinkle, (which is a shade of blue ) but violets can also be violet ( which is actually light purple ) or they can be purple which may be lavender or UW Husky purple! 🙂  Now if you’re not from Washington and aren’t familiar with University of Washington Husky purple, then we may have a problem with interpretation of the color purple.

To make it easier, let’s go with a more common color like red….roses that are red like a ruby, or maybe  they  are red like an apple, or red like the sunset.  Although a sunset is  more a combination of red and hot pink which is a shade of red called magenta. But then of course there  is cabernet which looks more like wine, ( imagine that 🙂 ) but it’s still red.  There is the shade of red that is like the soil in the desert, but actually that is brick red which is a mix of red and brown and orange, so I’m not sure if that really ranks as red!  Actually Merlot has a hint of purple, but some still call it red…. and let’s not forget cranberry!

On second thought, maybe that wasn’t any easier. This all came to mind today when a bride & I were discussing the colors for an upcoming wedding.  A newspaper photographer, myself and the bride were having a funny conversation and a whole lot of fun with regards to color and how difficult it can sometimes be to select just the right shade.

Sometimes I just want to scream 😦 people can we please all get on the same coloring book page! The ribbon folks need to talk to the dress manufacturers, who need to talk to the stationary folks, who need to talk to glass manufacturers, who need to talk to the pottery and linen folks…it goes on and on…really it does.  I have a whole drawer full of ribbon that doesn’t match anything???  🙂 It is why brides should always bring a color swatch too! If you think about the number of industries that contribute to putting on an event or a wedding, it’s amazing that we aren’t all able to talk to each other in this day and age of the internet.

I couldn’t help but think that being a florist is rather like living inside a box of crayons when you consider that there are  120 shades of crayons now. When I was a kid, there was Crayola brand crayons   http://www.crayola.com/colorcensus/history/chronology.cfm invented by cousins, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. The brand’s first box of eight crayons made its debut in 1903. The crayons were sold for a nickel and the colors were black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, and green…all shades of living a much simpler life.  🙂  Can you tell wedding season has begun? I don’t have the answer to the problem but I know life would be boring without color!