Posted by Donna | Posted in Blooming Friday, Exploring Color, Fertilizer Friday, Garden, Wildflower Wednesday | Posted on 22-02-2012
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
Katharine Lee Bates
When we bought our current home, the builder asked us to pick out the color of the siding and shutters. We had decided to go with a gray house. Our last house was gray, it seems more natural in our surroundings with the trees and all our surrounding neighbors had beige houses. For shutters I wanted another natural color, green–forest green to be exact. But what to do for the front door. Typically they paint the front door the same color as the shutters. But I anything but typical. Our last house had a brilliant red door. I wanted something different and I picked purple. A deep wonderful purple.
At the time I had no idea of the significance this purple door would have on us and our identity. When I tell people I have a purple door, they cannot imagine it until they see it. They like it a lot actually. It is perfect for a gardener, a nice bold color. But we are know as “purple door” to our neighbors. And when people ask where I live, I say the gray house with the purple door. Then they say, “oh where all the flowers are”. That’s us!
I discovered recently the significance of having a purple door. In feng shui they say having a purple door means you are honorable and rich in quality of life and wellbeing (not necessarily money). It also shows you are openminded, versatile and think outside the box especially since it is not a common front door color. Purple front doors with blue hues, like mine, bring a sense of calm and exude a peace around the front door area. They say there is good energy around the color purple and I believe it. When I enter my house I am at peace there. Well you can judge for yourself in these pictures of the front of the house. Sorry I just realized I don’t have many pictures of the front of the house so hope these do it justice.
Recently, I launched a garden design business called, “Purple Door Garden Designs” The logo is on the sidebar. Obviously, my purple door wasn’t as nice as the one we found for the logo, but at least I do have a purple door pretty close in color. I haven’t gotten too far with the business due to my day job, but hope to move slowly ahead this year.
It is Wildflower Wednesday today, and I thought it would be great to highlight my purple native blooms as I join Gail@Clay and Limestone.
The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura. Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is considered rare in nature although I have lots of purple flowers. Purple’s complimentary color in the garden is yellow; a combo I love. I also love combining orange and purple for a bold statement.
Purple is associated with royalty and symbolizes power, luxury, ambition, wealth and extravagance. Purple is also associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. It is considered to be uplifting, calming and offers a sense of spirituality.
*In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow in mourning.
*In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.
*In Egypt, purple is a symbol of virtue and faith.
*Lavender is a plant which “has an outstanding olfactory quality”, and is among some of the most ancient elements going into perfumed products.
*Lavender was very popular during the 19th century with men as it introduced them to world of perfume.
Almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple. Therefore bright purple is a great color to use when advertising children’s products.
Purple is a color liked by very creative or eccentric types.
Purple is considered a cool color in design. It has a very calming effect in a garden.
Designers say that purple plants visually recede in a garden, helping to make a small space feel larger.
The scent of Lavender is a great stress reducer. In aromatherapy lavender can be: balancing, soothing, gently clarifying and normalizing.
Purple is a very trendy color especially amongst gourmet chefs who are always looking for a new vegetable like purple carrots.
Purple Concord grapes are native to North America.
The message you send by driving a Purple vehicle: Creative, individualistic, original.
Purple is one of the traditional colors of Mardi Gras which started yesterday. It symbolizes Justice.
Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.
There stood the purple spires with no breath of air
Nor headlong be
To disturb their perfect poise the livelong day
‘Neath the alder tree.
Next up on the blog: I will be joining for W4W@Garden Walk Garden Talk on Monday discussing Time. Gardens Eye Verse is the first Monday in March. I will have the last 2 color posts in March in time for GBBD, yellow, and Wildflower Wednesday, green. Of course I will highlight another favorite native plant in March as part of my Simply The Best series with Diana@ Elephant’s Eye.
I hope to have more info next Monday on a new seasonal meme that will start in Spring. And I hope you will join me for my weekly posts, every Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.
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