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Friday, September 24, 2010

Could Purple Be The Answer?

Yes,  purple is the answer  if you love the colors of green metalic bees against fall blooming aster.


or, how gentle plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' looks in a shady nook.



Stokesia laevis
....And, certainly yes, it's the answer for a spring wildflower you  discover  blooming   in the middle of a drought.

Of course,  purple is the answer to long bloom when you add a morning glory to a container that greets you ever day.

Some colors are more perfect than othersPurple may be one of them~I've painted chairs, a tuteur and a fence a deep rich velvet purple.  So would you be surprised to discover that more purple has been added to the gardens of Clay and Limestone? Bear with me please~and have a seat on the Waiting Bench.


The Waiting Bench is  where I sit waiting for butterflies to visit the Susans or contemplate garden  changes.   It's where I wait on mosquito less days for visiting friends or pause to rest.    A gardening friend with a poetic nature christened it  such...and the name stuck and grew to include the wild garden behind it. I love the 'new' bench. It invites visitors and gardener to sit and enjoy the garden. It's a good focal point.  The rich brown echoed the columns on the carport and the house. In a garden with a lot going on, the brown looked lovely all year long. Alas, poor Bench, has lost his zing to a brutal summer sun and heavy rains earlier this summer. He needed a face lift...


 

In this case,  purple is the answer, when the question is~ "What can give my garden pizazz?"

 Gail 

31 comments:

  1. The bench is looking quite charming although I would like to see a shot of it with you sitting waiting patiently for the bees, butterflies and other guests. Purple is the answer.

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  2. I love purple. Our front door is purple. Go for more purple.

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  3. Oh Gail, Yesyesyes! Purple flowers, purple foliage like perilla and phormium, purple benches, tall purple poles - the best color in the world :)

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  4. I love your purple garden & now that lovely purple bench just waiting for someone to sit & watch.

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  5. It is one of my favorite garden colors, and your purple is lovely. Though I am glad purple is the answer, I need to know what's the question.

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  6. Oh, yeah! I love your purple bench! It's also the right STYLE to be purple. Mine wouldn't be as special. ;-) Your purple flowers are perfect. Is your aster tall?

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  7. Les, "What can give my garden pizazz?" was the question. gail

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  8. That bench used to play a supporting role and now it is the star. It says look at me! Come here and sit!

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  9. Due love your purple flowers.
    Made me smile that you named your bench.
    One of our wood benches is just over weathered...gotta go.

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  10. Your bench has that come hither look now with its fresh coat of purple. Do mosquitoes ever go away? It seems like they are here year round. Of course they aren't it just seems like it.

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  11. Lovely purple blooms Gail! I love your everblooming bench... whenever I see purple furniture or carts in a garden, I think the owners awfully creative and daring! ;>)

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  12. What color flower am I drawn to without even realizing it? Purple is the answer.

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  13. gail,

    of course you and i are on the same page with this one. we both love purple. it looks amazing, inviting, a great place to sit and wait....on nature.
    happy autumn.

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  14. Oh Gail I just love your purple bench. Doesn't it just cry out for you to come and sit. My smooth aster finally bloomed today. I love its purple flower.

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  15. Hi Gail, purple is one of my favourite colours. Beautiful blooms....I love the bench, it certainly makes a statement. It always amazes me how a coat of paint can make such a difference to a garden piece.

    I have brought plenty of mosi bites home with me........

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  16. Purple is my favorite color. It's especially nice in fall when there are so many yellow flowers.

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  17. Hi Gail,
    Oh, that new purple paint is loaded with pizzazz in the wildflower garden. Just wait until the Susan's are blooming again! It is a perfect C & L addition. Love all the purple flowers, too.
    Meems

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  18. Wow! I love it! Purple is lovely on your bench. My passion is red....my bench in the garden is red.

    Your purple POPS!

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  19. Hello Gail,

    Asters or Stokesia.....I don't think I could choose just one of the two - I would want both in my garden. I just love the beautiful purples :-)

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  20. I remember when you first painted the waiting bench, Gail; purple definitely was the answer! I've found that bees seem to migrate to anything purple in my garden.

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  21. Positively purple! Love it. Love more that you're not afraid to use bright paint in the garden. Wonderful!

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  22. Thats certainly a purple bench!! I love purple too so can u'tand why you have celebrated purple in your garden

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  23. Hi Gail, With all the reds, russets and oranges of fall, purple is a wonderful counterpoint. Love your photos!

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  24. Love the purple bench! Purple does go with everything IMHO!

    It's raining here! :-)

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  25. Yes! to purple, it's definitely the answer for me. Love it!

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  26. The purple bench looks wonderful in the garden. Even though you have lots of purple flowers, I don't know that it would have occurred to me to try it on furniture. Just perfect.

    My asters are blooming (and barely holding up their heads); gotta love something with so many flowers at this season.

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  27. Yes, PURPLE! The flowers are so wonderful against the greens of the foliage! And I love your bench!

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  28. Yes, that's it! A purple bench is just the ticket for your garden. I did the same thing recently, only mine was painted bright green. Did you see a post last month called We've Been Busy? There you'll see my latest garden projects. Lovely garden, as usual!

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  29. I think there is a poem called "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple." But why wait?

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