The reds and pinks of Valentine’s

The universal symbols of St. Valentine’s are the heart and the colors red and pink.Valentine - graffityForgotten is the story of St. Valentine, imprisoned, tortured and killed under the Roman emperor Claudius for secretly marring couples in the Christian Church. And just as well! This time of year a little love and color is to be welcomed.

Valentine - laundryThe color red is the warmest color. Red, symbolizing spontaneity, courage, good luck, prosperity, fire, passion and appetite glow almost florescent in the gold light of Provence. Pink, the color of unconditional love, tenderness, hope, and passion is the power of red softened with the purity of white.

I used clippings of a beautiful bush that produces tiny red, pink and white together with flowering rosemary and olive branches to make my, “unfinished” heart wreath.

Valentine - heartThese bushes are prolific and are often pruned into topiaries and hedges.

Pink and red and rosemary mauve are everywhere in Provence in February and tonight, while Lovers everywhere open their Champagnes Rosé, the sky outside our cozy house in the Luboron is turning fiery red, pink, mauve and gold.

Happy Valentine

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