“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.” ~Wassily Kandinsky
Every year during the winter months, I have little to no blooms in my garden. The colors you see here in my central NY garden are white, more white and then WHITE with a bit of brown and green thrown in and maybe an occasional red twig or berry. What to do when it is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day@ May Dreams Garden and Seepferds Garten this week? I decided during these drab months in the NE, I would explore colors. When asked what is my favorite color, I am hard-pressed to pick just one. I really love all colors. My favorite color is dependent on my mood at the moment. And color decisions are so hard for me to make that I even agonized for 5 years over what colors to paint the different rooms in my house.
I thought it would be fun to highlight one color a week (maybe 2). As an educator, I enjoy learning so I have researched each color to give you interesting information. And I will be highlighting the color of the week through my garden blooms over the past year. I thought the best color to begin with would be the color of the year. As many of you may know, the color of the year for 2012 is ORANGE.
What a bright and controversial color with which to begin. I have found that most people either love it or hate it. Around here you better love it since our largest university is Syracuse. They are aptly named, The Orange. So there is orange everywhere and especially at my house since my husband is an alum.
It seems there is a lot of orange in the garden if you go by the picture pile above. Orange runs the gamut from deep orange reds to terra cotta to pale peaches all popular tones of orange.
It is said in the English-speaking world the color orange is named after the fruit orange. In Old English orange was called Ġeolurēad. The color orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum, and its complementary color is blue.
Orange is a power color, and is said to be healing. Orange appears as a very hot color to the human eye and gives the sensation of heat. Orange is supposed to increase the oxygen supply to the brain and stimulate mental activity which is why many designers use it to catch people’s attention and highlight details.
*Orange has the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It symbolizes joy, sunshine, and the tropics.
*Color of fall and harvest.
*In heraldry, symbol of strength and endurance.
*American Indians associate it with kinship.
*In China and Japan it symbolizes happiness and love.
*Orange can increase socialization and bring relief when things are dragging or too serious. If you wear orange during times of stress, it can help balance your emotions.
*If you drive an orange vehicle you are: fun-loving, talkative, fickle, and trendy.
*Some of the meanings are: fascination, happiness, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
*Lady luck’s color is orange.
*Orange is the national color of the Netherlands, dating back to the Dutch War of Independence and the rebel Prince of Orange.
*In Ireland, the use of orange dates from the reign of William of Orange.
*The first recorded use of orange as a color name in English was in 1512.
*Saffron is one of the most prominent colors of Hinduism, and has been regularly worn, particularly in religious ceremonies, in India for more than 2000 years.
Orange is associated with healthy food and is said to stimulate your appetite. It is also highly accepted among young people. So it is no surprise that orange is very effective in promoting food products and toys. Companies/brands using orange: Orange Crush, Tropicana, Home Depot, Tang.
Safety orange is the color usually used in the United States for traffic cones and to mark a construction zone.
Red-orange—desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Dark orange—deceit and distrust.
Gold–illumination, wisdom, and wealth.
Brown–derived from orange and gray, described as an especially dark orange.
As you can see in the mosaics above, there is orange in several seasons. But summer is where I see the most orange especially with dayliles and the newer coneflowers in the picture below. You can click on any of the pictures to see them full-sized.
“Orange is the happiest color.” ~Frank Sinatra
The Great Herb and Seed Experiment
I wanted to show off a few photos of the herbs and seeds I am growing indoors. My first garden book review will be about a seed starting book so I will give you lots more info on how it all started in this Friday’s post.
The herbs are doing well. The Italian parsley and rosemary were annuals brought in to try to keep going in winter. They are alive, but not growing as well as I would have liked. The sage, mints and oregano are now joined by chives. All these perennial herbs were dug up in the fall and potted to grow indoors. I have started a few herbs, basil and cilantro, indoors under the grow lights so I can have these fresh herbs to use. I am experimenting with starting these and other herbs indoors. I need more practice growing herbs from seed if I want success in my summer garden.
Well here are the greens I started from seed after only a few days. Yes that is an aluminum lasagna pan I am using. I used this last year and it worked great. I am growing lettuce, mustard greens, arugula and spinach in hopes of having fresh greens this winter. They are easy to start with a heat mat and grow light. I have since added watercress, purslane and some different lettuces. I am keeping a journal of my experiment. One of the side benefits has been that every day I go down in the basement to check on the seedlings, I exercise on my bike. I am starting slow and building up the minutes. So far so good.
Next Up on the Blog:
Thursday Today will be is my latest post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. Hope you will stop by to read my Ode To A Toad. Friday is my first Garden Book Review, and I will be highlighting the color red next week on Monday. Word 4 Wednesday on the 25th is reflection. Hope you will drop by to celebrate my 100th post as I reflect on the past year of my life in the garden. Oh and as a special treat, my friend Marcia Richards is interviewing me again at her blog in celebration of her blog’s first anniversary. Come find out what makes me sexy, smart and from the heart.
I am joining Katarina@Roses and Stuff for her Blooming Friday meme. This week is Fanciful. I find orange flowers give whimsy to a garden. A perfect post for Fanciful. As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday. So drop by to check out all the blooms this Friday.
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