Happy New Year! Chinese New Year that is.
Today is Chinese New Year and we are celebrating the Year of the Dragon; specifically the Water Dragon. A year of courage, prosperity and love is here for 2012.
And today’s Exploring Color post is all about RED. What a perfect color to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon since red is an important color in Chinese tradition.
The Dragon is the mightiest of the signs of the Chinese zodiac. Dragons symbolize dominance and ambition.
The tulip and amaryllis pictured here have meanings that correspond to the meaning of red making them a perfect symbol for this fiery color.
It can be a fascinating game, noticing how any person with vitality and vigor will have a little splash of red in a costume, in a room, or in a garden… –Edgar Cayce
Red is one of the additive primary colors. It is the warmest of all colors, and is said to be a very emotionally intense color. Several studies have indicated that red carries the strongest reaction of all the colors, and catches people’s attention. Red enhances human metabolism, increases respiration and raises blood pressure. I’ll remember that on a cold day.
In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage.
With the rise of socialism in the mid-19th century, red was used to symbolize and describe revolutionary movements.
The Greeks and the Hebrews considered red a symbol of love and sacrifice.
Fun Facts*Statistics have shown that red cars are more likely to be involved in accidents. Of course driving a red car is said to mean you are sexy, speedy, have high-energy and are dynamic. *Red is one of the most common colors found on national flags. *Red brings text and images to the foreground. *Advertisers and designers use red as an accent color to stimulate people to buy or make quick decisions. *Red is widely used to indicate danger or emergency (high voltage signs, stop signs, fire equipment, traffic lights). *Red is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting, games, cars and items related to sports. No wonder most sports teams, products and companies use red in their logos. *The red Ruby is the traditional Fortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.
Small doses of red can often be more effective when using this strong color. Multiple shades of red mixed with pink or orange can make a great combination. The complementary color to red is green.
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
There are many hues of red to choose from so if bright red is not for you in your garden, pink might do. My red garden (pictured above) is in full sun. It has a bit of yellow and orange in it for balance, but I love the darker reds all mixed together. Some people feel red is too brash in their garden. I like to be daring and mix red, orange and purple.
This week is also Wildflower Wednesday with Gail@Clay and Limestone. I have many red flowers in the garden, but I thought I would highlight only my native reds in the mosaics as we explore all about RED! After all they shine in the garden for the critters that love them.
These are spring native plants that grace my garden with their range of red hues. Starting from the top left and moving clockwise is red yarrow, red trillium, pink trillium, red twig dogwood (showing off its beautiful bark), columbine, Louisiana iris, creeping phlox, red Doll’s Eye, another columbine, tiarella and in the center is a pink yarrow.
Summer and fall red natives are plentiful. You will see gaillardias, monardas , tall phlox, echinaceas, hibiscus, helenium, newer coreopsis cultivars, Joe Pye weed, lobelia, winterberries and beautiful viburnum and blueberry shrubs sporting every shade of red leaf. Oh and I just love the red dragonflies that grace my garden in summer and fall.
Recently the sky has been giving up more reds and pinks. Both at sunset (top) and sunrise (bottom). I love the pinkish hues mixed with oranges and purples in the sky. What a beautiful palette to greet and end my day. You can click on any image to see a larger view.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… the truly wise person is colorblind. ~Albert Schweitzer
Next Up on the Blog: The Word 4 Wednesday (W4W) post 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. Donna@Garden Walk, Garden Talk hosts W4W. Next Monday I will be highlighting the color blue. My latest post at Beautiful Wildlife Garden is my Ode To A Toad. Oh and in case you missed it and want to know even more about me, check out my friend Marcia Richards’ latest interview of me at her blog. It was a interesting interview and lots of fun.
I am joining Katarina@Roses and Stuff for her Blooming Friday meme. This week is Metamorphosis or change in appearance. The winter sky shows such a change in color. Colors that I do not see in other seasons. 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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