Colors are the smiles of nature. ~Leigh Hunt
The Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar had this recent saying, “When OAK TREES bend with snow in January GOOD CROPS may be expected.” With all the warm weather we have been having, I would expect that most trees are bending easily. I am hopeful that our spring will be warm and long and my veg garden will be started early and be fruitful. But as we know here in Central NY, if we have a mild start to the winter, it may be prolonged into April. But I am not thinking about that since we have had some snow in January, and I expect more here just not the average 100 inches.
As I look around the garden blogging world, I see so many gardens with something blooming. Not so here. January always reminds me of blue. The snows appears blue; my feelings are blue from being cast into darkness for 2 months now and wanting to believe it will be drier, warmer, sunnier soon. Yes this is my time to lament the winter (OK I’m whining)…we call it the winter blues!
So what better color to explore at this time of the year than blue! There is nothing more stunning to me than a blue flower. I know technically some of these blues appear in the purple color range, but they also have lots of blue in them. And while blue is not the most prolific color in the garden, it is the most loved (or favorite) color.
The word blue comes from the Old French word bleu, blo meaning pale, discolored. Blue is considered one of the additive primary colors; its complementary color is orange. More people claim blue as their “favorite color.”
Blue is a cool color and the color of the sky, ocean and night. It is associated with depth and stability. Blue is regarded as a more masculine color. It has been shown to cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming which slows human metabolism.
*Because blue is a calming color it is a great color to use in the home in and especially for babies.
*Blue can help you sleep and is a good color for bedrooms (the reason I painted my bedroom blue).
*Blue skies are said to be a symbol of optimism and better opportunities.
*Blue gives a feeling of distance, and artists use it to show perspective.
*Feeling blue or getting the blues is associated with sadness or depression, and comes from blue being related to rain or storms.
In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
The ancient Egyptians used the blue gem, lapis lazuli, to represent heaven.
In many cultures blue is important in religion; it is said to bring peace, or keep the bad spirits away.
Blue is used to promote products and services related to clean/cleaning, airlines, and bottled water.
Blue symbolizes importance and confidence, and this meaning is the reason behind the blue power suit and blue police uniforms.
In Iran, blue is the color of mourning.
In the US the something blue bridal tradition represents love.
A light blue car means that you’re calm and quiet. A dark blue car means you are credible, confident, dependable (I am).
Blue denim is the most common clothing material in the western world.
Blue is used in national flags and symbols around the world, including the flag of the United Nations.
Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, seriousness, depth, and stability.
Turquoise is the symbol of youth, has a soothing effect, is associated with communication, protection, health, confidence and strength.
Aqua is the color of high ideals.
Over the last several years, the Perennial Plant Association has chosen a “blue” Plant of the Year (Brunnera Jack Frost, Amsonia, Baptisia, Geranium Roxanne, Nepeta Walker’s Low). Of course these plants are considered blue in the plant world.
Most of these are really more purple except Amsonia and Brunnera Jack Frost which is the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year. There is even a the new rose cultivar Applause (considered a blue rose) — which is more like a light lilac purple than blue.
Blueness doth express trueness. ~Ben Jonson
And The Winner Is….
Two Three wonderful people have nominated me for the Versatile Blogging Award. This award is making the rounds giving the nod to many excellent blogs.
- Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
So thank you Cathy@Words and Herbs a wonderful new blog I have discovered. Cathy is an English trainer originally from the UK now living in Bavaria whose passions are books, plants and vegetarian cooking.
Thank you Beth@PlantPostings from Wisconsin who is an incredible blogger, photographer and wonderful gardener for more than 25 years.
Thank you Sheila@Green Place from Chapel Hill, NC who gardens and loves to take long nature walks, write, photograph, meditate and seek God. Communicating about spirituality and the natural world is her passion.
- Share 7 things about yourself.
2. I hate hot humid weather for any length of time. Give me the seasons.
3. I love to watch British mysteries…obsessed with them (sensing a theme here)
4. I am not fond of heights…OK afraid of them.. even climbing down from bleachers or from a step stool is an ordeal.
5. I am a comedy junkie from commercials to stand up to sitcoms.
6. I love to cook given time and prefer to cook without a recipe or create my own recipes from ingredients I have on hand.
7. I love to travel and explore history wherever I go. I hope to travel more when I retire and visit many places in the States and throughout Europe to start.
- In the post, include this set of rules.
- Forward this award to 15 fellow bloggers, and inform them with a comment on each of their blogs.
There are so many incredible blogs/bloggers out there and many have already been tapped for this award. So I hope I have included a few more here who are deserving to be mentioned. Please explore each of them; you will not be sorry. So here are my Versatile Bloggers:
7. Altro Verde
10. Red Garden Clogs
11. Gwirrel’s Garden
12. In the Garden
13. island threads
14. Patio Patch
Next Up on the Blog: Wednesday will be my Garden Month in Review. Monday I will be taking a break from the Exploring Color posts. It will be the first Monday in February which means another Gardens Eye Verse, and some new poetry inspired by the garden. Next Friday I will also have my February pick for my signature flower for Diana@Elephants Eye meme, and what I call Simply The Best.
My latest post for Beautiful Wildlife Garden will be up on Thursday so I hope you join me as I talk about some of our feathered friends. I will return in later February to explore more color as we look at my white garden and some purple blooms.
I am joining Katarina@Roses and Stuff for her Blooming Friday meme. This week is New Acquaintance. Many of these lovely blue blooms are found in my early spring garden. Every spring seeing these lovely blues is like meeting new friends as they multiply and grow against an equally blue sky. 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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