Pantone, the international color authority, has announced their official Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango.
Goofy name, but awesome color! It's like a natural tangerine fruit got a sunburn, and then went dancing so his cheeks got red and sweaty and he had that free-wheelin' happy glow. And I must say, for the record, that I predicted the 2012 Color of the Year would be a lavender, but my Domestic Partner was spot-on when he predicted "a mesa orange". He's obviously a genius.
I did a quick brainstorm of plants that are in the color range of Tangerine Tango. From left to right, we've got an actual tangerine (not quite tangoed), Chinese Lantern, Ranunculus, Hubbard squash, Tulip, and fall in New England.
"What about Amaryllis?", you ask. Well here's where the universe gets awesome: I was already planning to write about Amaryllis today and then the universe chooses this color of the year and validates my place in the world.
Amaryllis flowers are one of those things that people often confuse, kinda like the difference between macarons and macaroons. This, my friends, is not a true Amaryllis: