Why our seats are pink

by AnneWareham on April 7, 2016

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When I first had our seats made at Veddw I had to work out what colour to paint them.

Crocosmia Lucifer by seat, Veddw copyright Anne Wareham.2. s

I tried lots of colours and found pink kind of worked – but I thought it was weird.
Until I realised that the gravel, which is from a local quarry, is pink when wet. And when the fields are ploughed you can see – the soil is pink. (Ours isn’t –  the result of years of mulching, I think, it’s dark brown). We’re on Old Red Sandstone.

View from Veddw garden copyright Anne Wareham

And, of course, terracotta is pink/red and means ‘baked earth’.

View over Reflecting Pool at Veddw garden copyright Anne Wareham

It’s not easy to get this colour right. I had to mix it at first and I’m not sure I hit the spot. I can get masonry paint now in ‘terracotta’ – but it horrifies some people (like Helen Yemm!) and often comes out awful in otherwise good pictures of the garden. Blame Photoshop for that..

Veddw House Garden, Monmouthshire, Wales. Designed and created by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes. July. The Reflecting Pool and Hedge Garden with view to the Coppice. Yew Hedges (Taxus baccata)

Too pink……

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John April 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

You’ve now totally destroyed my “illusion” that the seats were, in fact, a classy terracotta colour.

Over the last 5 years I’ve been working on the rear (ok, back) lawn to get it nice and level and lush and all the things you want your lawn to be. I’ve imported loads of top soil which was always black and, in some places, raised the lawn level by a couple of inches. I’m now repairing badger damage and notice that those 2 inches of black topsoil have all turned brown.

Though I wonder if the apparent pink of neighbouring soil is an optical/solar illusion and is it really terracotta-coloured?

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AnneWareham April 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

You could very well be right and much more precise. Terracotta is what it ought to be given the derivation of the word. But our seats do look a little…umm..pink? (depends on the light)

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Katherine Crouch April 6, 2016 at 11:41 am

I like pink in a garden. My client’s bench (see Facebook) comment may be cheap, but it was revitalized in Barbie pink, which looks pretty shocking – however it matches her pink tulips and the stripes on her kitchen curtains. Although I would prefer your terracotta pink for myself, my client loves this very much, it looks right in her garden, and she loves the look on the faces of visitors who either love it or hate it. We call it the Marmite bench

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Pat Webster April 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

The colour looks strikingly different in different lights. I like the slightly brighter version — the pink in the final photo looks tired to me.

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AnneWareham April 14, 2016 at 8:36 am

Yep, waiting for a re-paint. But it’s hard to get colour right in photographs. xx

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