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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I Love Purple~


If you asked me last week to tell you my favorite color~~
it wouldn't have been purple!

It would most certainly have been
a water colored pink flower like this gaura or

the salmon pink Tapien Verbena that has been blooming since early spring.

The floriferous Goldenrods would have been in the running.

Of course, the sweet lilac flowers

of Tartar Aster, are dear to my heart.
They were still attracting the Monarch Butterflies before the rains returned.

But, purple my favorite?
Never!

It would have been the blue of
October skies seen over the distant hills

or through the tall grasses.

Purple never crossed my mind....until,
I decided to paint the tuteur. It was barely visible in the wayback of the Garden of Benign Neglect and would have been more invisible as the fall colors turned to winter browns. Without a white blanket of snow our gardens are mulch brown punctuated with junipers and a few hollies. Painting seemed an easy and fun solution.

The debate was between Chinese Red or French Blue, but,
when I saw the Deep Velvet Purple paint sample~Wow!
It was just what the garden needed~~So the tuteur
was painted a rich purple.
Then a bird house was painted a rich purple...and before long
there were purple pops of color all over the garden.

That was when I knew~~
I loved purple!

Gail

"Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you."
(Rabbi Rashi, February 22, 1040 – July 13, 1105)

50 comments:

  1. Gail, you just gave a whole new meaning to purple in the garden!! I love it!! Great capture of the bees!!

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  2. Love that color Gail. The teteur is so fetching & will surely be a point of interest in you garden.

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  3. Lola, How have you been doing? It's a great color for the teteur....and really shows up best on cloudy days!

    Darla, Thanks...I was completely surprised about the bees.
    gail

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  4. Gail, I LOVE purple! Pink comes in a close second, but if I were to list my plants in the garden, especially late spring/early summer bloomer...purple. I think the Deep Velvet Purple color is just great!

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  5. Alllrrriiiggghhhttt!!! You got a double bee shot! Good going, Gail! I love your purples too, and the tuteur looks fabulous, so does the birdhouse. That is a nice deep color, a garden color for sure. :-)
    Frances

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  6. Don't tell my French teacher i spelled tuteur wrong folks...thanks Frances for catching it.

    Gail

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  7. Gail girl I love the double bee in flight picture : ) I want to capture shots like that too .. you must be so patient girl !
    Purple .. yes .. secretly I am a purple girl with a few pieces in my closet as well .. Barny has nothing on me ? haha
    Love the structures painted in those beautiful tones in your garden too.
    The plants are pretty gorgeous as well ? LOL
    Joy : )

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  8. Gail - LOVE the purple! The tuteur is perfect in that color! What glorious fall flower photos. I envy the asters growing in your gardens.

    BTW, Did you get that prairie plant that you saw in Oudolf's garden in Chicago? I was looking at allium 'Hair' in the catalog and it has a similar structure, but I've not seen it in person.

    Cameron

    PS...

    We bought an inexpensive black metal bench to place where we widened the path at the waterfall. The tuteur there is bronze metal, but I was working on a budget.

    I have told my husband that I'm going to paint the bench purple when I'm sure it won't be visible from the road during winter (can't upset the HOA). So, next spring, I may be asking you to tell me the paint color again for your tuteur!

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  9. Joy, I have more purple in my wardrobe then i thought, too! I especially love my purple shawl! The bee photos...I just stand by the asters and goldenrod and snap lots of photos while panning the camera on the bees. Someday i will get a clear bee.

    Cameron, A purple bench will be perfect in your garden! I'll be more then glad to share the paint color!

    Gail

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  10. Very striking, bold, and very pretty Gail!

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  11. It's a wonderful color, Gail.

    I especially love the birdhouse. I love interesting shapes and bright colors in the garden but when it comes to my own, I'm so timid. Everything is painted white. When I paint bird houses this year, I'm going bolder;) Maybe purple or that Chinese red you mentioned.
    Marnie

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  12. They look just perfect and lovely flowers too.

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  13. Yeah for the purple!! I think it such a funky and fun color and the garden loves it. Great shot of the bees too.

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  14. The teteur is very cool. I saw some birdhouses just like the ones you have at the Ham Fest this weekend. Where did you find yours at?

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  15. Hi Gail....purple is wonderful and don't you just love it with pale lilac......our native monkshood is just coming into bloom, I love it's depth of colour.....

    I love the purple obelisk and bird box.....such a statement......a wonderful addition to your garden........

    Your Miscanthus are wonderful....mine have done well this year....it has been a good summer for grasses in my little space.......

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  16. Purple is actually one of my favorite colors in the garden--purple salvia, purple verbena, purple sage, purple coneflowers....well, you get the picture. But I never would have thought of purple for an accent color like your tuteur. Wow! It really "pops", as decorators like to say, and looks great in the back garden.

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  17. I love purple too, Gail, and your tuteur looks great in that hue.

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  18. I love the last shot, they look like they're racing each other.

    The tuteur looks fantastic painted purple. IMHO it's not possible to have too much purple in the garden. :)

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  19. Dave, I found the birdhouses at the Franklin Farmer's market...A very nice couple were selling them. I wish I could find them...I want to add one more to the garden as a topper on a fence pole! You could make them! gail

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  20. You're so bold with your color! I'm definitely color challenged. It's fun to have an idea about what you like and realize you're actually just kidding yourself! I've also said I don't like purple but I love all the colors of purple in your pictures! Hm. Color in the garden. You've set me thinking - Why is that old adirondack chair a dull brown?

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  21. Purple is my favorite! i love the deep rich color of your tuteur. Very poetic post--thank you!
    Liz

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  22. Country Mouse...Go for it. Your California sunshine calls for bold color! My best walking buddy is from the LA area and she said that egg yolk yellow garden chairs we pass as we walk the neighborhood remind her of home!

    gail

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  23. Gail,
    So stunning! Purple is my favorite color of all time.
    These shots of the birdhouse and flowers are grand! You know Prince painted his house purple? I bet you would like it.
    Rosey

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  24. Gail, you are such an inspiration! Enjoyed this post a lot!

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  25. Gail, everything looks soooo good. I love purple, and if you asked my poor husband what my favorite color was he would say Purple!

    I love what you have done with the garden structures, hmmmmmm. Now where is the closest paint store? LOL.

    Jen

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  26. I love purple too! One day when I was surfing I found a family, maybe more like a cult, I think they called themselves the purple people, they were from India or somewhere and their house and clothing was entirely purple, something about the wavelengths or something, purple was really important to them, they also grew all of the food in their yard. Quite a garden.

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  27. Purple, the color of Royalty, one of my favs. I'm partial to purple foliage like Setcreasea and purple Alternanthera and Loropetalum.

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  28. I like all of your shots but the bug butt in the gaura and the double bees flying with full pollen sacks are great.

    I love the purple color on your tuteur and bird house too. I have painted our barn a deep purple called Hawk Purple. How could I resist that color??

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  29. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that purple birdhouse!!! -Jackie

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  30. Excellent choice! I commend you on your exquisite taste. (Can you tell I always like purple?)

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  31. I went through a purple phase and, thankfully, never outgrew it! Love your handiwork.

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  32. Beautiful post - even more beautiful photographs. This year I painted my gate a brilliant, deep purple and wonder why I didn't do it years ago. It makes ALL the difference, turning a hum-drum gate into a Check ME Out gate! Love what you've done!

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  33. Nicely done! It's funny, the power of purple... I was similarly overcome by it this season and never would have called it a favorite before - except maybe for about 2 weeks when I was 7.

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  34. Welcome to the club of purple lovers! While I can't wear it and don't use it in the house, I love it in the gardens.

    Your tuteur is very eye catching as is the bird house. No chance of them being missed now.

    Like Lisa, I ove your bee shots. Frame worthy, indeed!

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  35. gail,

    you could've have saved yourself the trouble of questioning the colour purple and asked me....yes purple is the best....in the garden....painted on things....made in velvet couches. i love the tuteur painted that colour. i am sure you can see it a lot better now.
    happy fall.

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  36. Fabulous choice of paint color Gail! It's very striking and like you said, it went from almost invisible to a stop-in-your-tracks focal point. I'm sure seeing the tuteur (dressed so vibrantly) will bring a smile to your face during the long days of winter. Good job!
    Your other photos are wonderful too.

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  37. Oh I LOVE your purples! Purplicious!! You've inspired me to go see what I can paint purple.

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  38. That goldenrod and bee picture is just magical! I love purple, too. Pink and purple, that's just the kind of girl I am!

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  39. That purple tuteur is a vision my friend. I love purple too, and pink, and red, and green, and blue . . . . ~~Dee

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  40. I've decided that purple is a power color! Let's all embrace our purple sides! gail

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  41. I'd never have thought of using purple in the garden as you have. It looks so good, too.

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  42. You're killing me.
    I don't want to look outside and be disappointed.
    Wonderful colors.

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  43. Very unique ~ very you, Gail. I love it!

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  44. Purple is one of my favorite colors now, rich vibrant plums to light grey-lavenders. :)

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  45. I love that picture of your Tartar Aster with the Monarch. They pair so perfectly together. So delicate a regal.

    And I like purple too :)

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  46. I love puple too Gail :)

    That coat of paint has made everything look most stylish!

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  47. Love your last photo Gail... you are not the only one who loves that purple! Great photo! Purple is a great color in the garden especially now with the fall colors... oh anytime i guess. Fun post! Carol

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  48. Purple flowers are always my favorites and I love your deep purple paint! Especially on that cool birdhouse:) When the asters are blooming it's hard not to love purple.

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  49. I love purple, but I love a lot of colors. In fact, if anyone ever asks what my favorite color is, or what my favorite flower is, I say "Yes!" ;-)

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