All Things Purple for April !
My Favorite Things in Purple
All my life I have always assigned a color to each month. April is purple ! I am an artist and LOVE colors..bright, beautiful colors. I happen to love purple and wanted to do a lens showing all the things than can be done in purple. Flowers are a given..love them all..some are favorites..but will also hope to show the fun you can have with just the color of APRIL!
A popular STAR from another land
Years ago I didn't gravitate to petunias. But through the years I found them to be so prolific..so hardy in wind and rain and sun or shade ! They are so easy to care for.This particular color is soo fragrant ! Now, I always have to have them in our garden.
1997 was declared the Year of the Petunia
All petunias are actually based on two species from South America; white petunia axillaris and purple violaea. Cross-breeding in other countries, turned the original lanky appearance into the exciting colors and sizes we have today. All petunias are members of the nightshade family...relatives are tomatoes, peppers, and the blues are the most fragrant.
They thrive in full sun (6 or more hours of full sun daily) but will also do well in the shade. In the deep south and southwest they need less sun. Petunias are very adaptable to any kind of soil but thrive best in a light, rich soil with good drainage. I personally love how hardy tthe petunia is for me. I just keep them watered and dead-head the bloomsto keep them coming all until winter takes them.
This purple beauty is one of my own growing with lobelia and sweet basil.
Petunia Seeds - Ptunias are a wonderful splash of color for any garden
Petunias can be grown from seeds or starts. My husband and I prefer the starts but it depends on how much time you would like to spend with them. I like to get to the color part sooner. Who doesn't like instant blooms?
These are glorious! They give an ethereal aura to the garden.
These are outstanding and so reagal in appearance.
Purple Irises Regal and Stately
So many different styles and shades of purple
Irises are so beautiful to behold! They carry themselves with a regal show of over 260 plus species. The name Iris is Greek in origin, meaning "rainbow" which denotes the amazing array of colors they come in with the most popular being the blue or purple. It seems fitting that the most popular color of such a regal flower would be purple. Purple is also a color for royalty.
Their habitat is varied from cold mountainous area to grasslands, meadows, and riverbanks. They are mostly used for ornamental and botanical gardens world-wide. They have been use a great deal in paintings by some of the great painters such as Vincent van Gogh. The roots can be used in water purifications also. For those who are more science-minded and "have a need to know" you can go to :www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_(plant) or google irises on the web.
The iris is also the state flower of Tennessee..not any particular color but the purple is usally the one most dipicted. Irises are used in aromatherapy, bloom in the spring, and the root of some soecies is used to flavor certain kinds of gin...one being Bombay Saphire. The purples do not flourish well if planted in excessive shade or too deep.
Purple Irises - Irises were my Mother-in-law, Addie's favorite. She called them FLAGSClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lavenders, Lilacs, Jacaranda, Asters, Chrysanthemums..more - Purple Purple Everywhere you go !Click thumbnail to view full-size
Purple Flowers for Your Garden or Home - Light up you nights, your gardens or walls with purple
Purple irises are stunning for any garden. They add such a regal, eye-catching, head-turning experience to any yard. Add a touch of elegant whimsy to your home decor.
Stunning and unusual!
An Array of More Gorgeous Purple - This lens won't even cover all the purple flowers out there but enjoy these faves!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Great Ideas Come in Purple - Purple isn't just for flowers...check these out!
Only one item in a category has been listed here. Click on the item if you think it would look better in another color. Have fun..these are my picks !
Click on this link to see the purple color shoes. Love purple..even on my feet!
Click on this link to see the purple bag..it is cool.
Purple Clothing Is Yummy!
For those who love purple, it is totally cool to have the color on your face!
Patio Designs - A few things to go with all those purple flowers.
A purple patio is rich and inviting and goes so well with purple flowers!
Purple for the Kitchen - The kitchen needs a touch of purple class!
Whistling purple on your stove!
I leave some of my colored pans out on my stove to enjoy the color more!
All Time Favorites ! - Purple Purple Purple Everywhere !
Some people would like all things purple..some would like just a little here or there..take your pick !
How much purple would you like..which parts do want the most ?
Share with me what you like about petunias and or where you have them planted or if you want to..someday.