|PCI 'Broadleigh Rose', R. 2006, Broadleigh Gardens|
'Broadleigh Rose' is a typical wild-type selection with rose pink flowers, a yellow signal, narrow petals and veining in darker pigments.
But pinks have gotten bold in the garden, moving into modern forms with wider, ruffled petals and more intense colors. The following is a small selection of the variety of modern pinks. As with other reddish-hued flowers, the pink coloration is a balance between cool blues/lavenders/purples in the intracellular fluid and warm tones (yellows/oranges) inside plastids in each cell.
|PCI 'Altar Boy' R. 1998, Joe Ghio|
'Altar Boy' is a light pink, near flesh-toned flower with a dark signal and some veining. Petals are broad, and the two-toned color of the falls is very pleasing.
|PCI 'Erika Denise' R.2005 by Vernon Wood|
PCI 'Erika Denise' has intense veining on a light pink background. The darker signal band sets off the pink background, and the contrasting style arms and standards add to a nice complexity.
|PCI 'Marriage Proposal'R. 2006 , Joe Ghio|
|PCI 'English Rose' R. 2002, Joe Ghio|
|PCI 'Fallen Plums', R. 1990, John Marchant|
And then we move off into dramatic contrasts between pink and yellow, pinker and orange . . .
|PCI 'Blazing Speed' R. 2008, Duane Meek|
|PCI 'Rainbow Connection' R. 1994, Joe Ghio|
But these are PCIs, and so the contrast continues: more veins, lighter background on falls, darker halo on signal, more intensity of color on standards.
|PCI 'On the Bubble' R. 2005, Joe Ghio|
And more: wider, darker, more ruffles, more veining. More contrast.
And . . .
|PCI 'Star of Wonder', R. 2002, Joe Gio|
Over-the-top gaudy, with PCI 'On the Bubble', raspberry red edges and veins, darker halo on signal, and yellow gleaming through on the falls.
And yet the effect is still pink, albeit a hot luscious pink with neon-bright color contrasts, like a brilliantly-colored shaved ice confection on a hot summer day.