Flowery Friday: rock soapwort.


We held a retirement celebration for a co-worker this past week and in honour of her adoration of bright colours (especially pink!), we were all encouraged to wear something pink. Big fail for me – I don’t own a single item of clothing in any shade of pink.

Considering that it is my least favourite colour when it comes to my wardrobe, my garden seems to have an abundance of pink – including this beautiful Saponaria ocymoides (rock soapwort), which has got to be one of the most reliable, tough, and rewarding plants I’ve ever grown.  I’m hoping now that the weather has cooled down somewhat, there will be a second flush of blooms.  The heat stress my plants have been under has meant that there hasn’t been much for flowers for about a month now – the plants have just been standing still, trying to wait it out.

What colours dominate your wardrobe and your garden?  Are you passionate for pink?


  1. Ah no, no pink in my wardrobe, except for a nice flannel pj bottom! But any color expect brown will go as long as it not too loud;0) Pink in my garden…oh yes, from early blossoms, to peonies, to cone flowers….all do pretty in pink for me! Have a great weekend, Johanna

  2. Really no pink? Me too. I bought shocking pink pj bottoms at St. Vincent to cut up for rags. Does that count?

    I could have sworn this pink flower was a Phlox…I love Phlox. Is Saponaria ocymoides (rock soapwort), another name for Phlox?


    • No, it’s not phlox – but I can see the resemblance! It’s hard to tell from this photo, but it’s a low-growing, mounding plant – I think a lot of gardeners use them in rockeries etc. – they’d be great for that.

  3. Lovely plant. I’d be hard pressed to wear pink to work. I honestly prefer blues and reds in my garden but pinky things seems to survive well. susie

  4. No pink in my wardrobe, but plenty in the garden. As a redhead, pink doesn’t quite work. Since I’m heading toward silver at some point, I figure that will introduce a whole new color palette.

  5. I never used to wear pink but now that I am silver-haired I find I can wear it and it suits me better than some of the colours I used to wear. I do have pink in the garden – roses, lilies, thrift, verbena among others – but I think I like blue flowers best.

  6. No pink in the gal’s wardrobe, either! I’ve always hated that “pink is for girls” stereotype. I actually have very little pink in the garden–a few peonies and some phlox that ere supposed to be white. Mostly I choose deep, saturated colors.

  7. Lots of colors in my garden – nothing dominates. Spirea, salvia, geranium, bleeding heart to name a few have pink flowers. Definitely more pink in my garden as like you Sheryl there is not a lot of pink in my clothes 🙂

  8. No pink in my wardrobe either. I tend towards yellows and purples in the garden, but I love my vibrant pink geranium. I’ve noticed that most of the vegetables have either white or yellow flowers too: tomatoes, pumpkins, basil, the orange and lemon tree, all flower in white and yellow.

    I really enjoyed everyone’s comments above. You’ve posed a fun question.

    • Yellow and purple is a fabulous combination in the garden – that’s an interesting observation about your veggie flowers as well.

      When I asked this question, I seriously thought I would have more people answer and say they were passionate for pink! ! I didn’t expect that so many people would be like me and not have any pink in their wardrobe.

      • That was interesting. I have an AA degree in fashion merchandising and a BA in Theater (costume emphasis). I learned that certain colors have a season. Pink and grey were popular together in the fifties on both men and women, but it’s recently be relegated to Disney princesses, making the rest of us want to run and duck for cover.

        It just occurred to me, Sheryl that bees are attracted to yellow, so it’s important for cross pollinating our vegetables that they can find there way. Makes sense, eh?

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