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Two-Toner

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This variety of Muscari may have marked the birth of my love for a two-tone color scheme. If it can be found in nature, it’s usually a safe design bet. Blues – true blues at least – are tough to find in the flower world, and those that do exist often lean to the red side, veering onto the slope of purple. This grape hyacinth is no different, but the juxtaposition of the eggplant bottom makes the top tiers seem a bit bluer than they might otherwise be. It’s a trick that works, and nature knows her optical illusions better than we humans could ever hope to achieve, M.C. Escher notwithstanding.

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