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While watch­ing cov­er­age of today’2013 Inau­gur­al Lun­cheon, which fol­lowed the swear­ing-in of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, we noticed the the flow­ers used in the cen­ter­piece designs were pre­dom­i­nant­ly orange. 

Orange is the color of fusion, conversation and spirituality.”

Orange Ranun­cu­lus blooms were used in the 2013 flo­ral designs for the Pres­i­den­t’s Inau­gur­al Luncheon
held at the Capi­tol build­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on Jan­u­ary 21, 2013.
While we are sure the col­or was used to accent the cop­per and bronze tones of Stat­u­ary Hall (Kit was a Capi­tol Hill intern for Tom Daschle while she was a senior in High School, so she used to walk the halls of the his­toric build­ing), we won­dered if the atten­dees of the lun­cheon knew that the col­or orange inspires “fusion of thought.” Accord­ing to one of our favorite gar­den books, Feng Shui in the Gar­den by Nan­cilee Wydra, orange is the col­or of fusion, con­ver­sa­tion and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty (try to pic­ture Tibetan monks in their saf­fron-col­ored robes).
Orange flow­ers inspire fusion of thought and pro­motes conversation.
The col­or orange dis­cour­ages indi­vid­u­al­i­ty, iso­la­tion and inse­cu­ri­ty. We are sure the florist who designed the arrange­ments for the his­toric lun­cheon, Jack Lucky Flo­ral Design of Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia, was aware of this sig­nif­i­cant sym­bol­ism and let’s also hope it helps Con­gress con­tin­ue to work with the White House in the com­ing months to  move forward.
See more about the flo­ral designs for the inau­gur­al lun­cheon from WUSA9 News in Wash­ing­ton which were dis­played inside sil­ver cachep­ots, and fea­tured an old- fash­ioned Rose called “Free Spir­it,” which ranges in col­or from apri­cot to orange with flecks of coral to rose and orange Ranun­cu­lus blooms.
Work with orange Gar­den Ros­es (Peach Finesse pic­tured above) in a flo­ral design
work­shop with Flower Duet at The Hunt­ing­ton Library on April 20, 2013.
Flower Duet will teach a class on how to cre­ate a loose hand-tied flo­ral design like the one pic­tured above using orange Gar­den Ros­es on April 20, 2013 at The Hunt­ing­ton Library in San Mari­no, Cal­i­for­nia. Find more infor­ma­tion to make your reser­va­tion for the class.
Ranun­cu­lus flow­ers are abun­dant­ly avail­able in the spring, but we now seem them year-round. Gar­den ros­es are mak­ing appear­ances year-round as well, with many more show­ing up through­out summer.