I'm taking off for a few days, but before I go, I thought I'd share another color pairing from nature. The rich red peonies and bright orange poppies next to my house fairly shout for attention these days. The poor iris haven't got a chance to be noticed except as an afterthought.
I pulled a petal from each and found perfect matches from my stash. My favorite red is a commercial batik (which the camera did not pick up well & no amount of manipulation could make it true, although it is better); the orange that fits well into my default palette of rusts and browns is a sunprint from South Africa. Normally, I would choose a red with more of a red cast than a blue cast to pair with the orange (if I thought to pair them at all), so I was surprised that my reaction was, "Mmm, these could work together."