Colour 20 – Purple

Linked to Life in Colour: Purple – by Heyjude from Travel Words.

Nearly the end of May and I can still only find flowers to illustrate the colour purple. Nothing else catches my eye on my walk through the town so here are just a few garden flowers.

First up is the everlasting wallflower (Erysimum Bowles), much too big for its position right by my side gate and creeping over the steps, but the butterflies and the bees love it so here it stays. It’s not really purple, it’s what my generation would call mauve.

Erysimum Bowles or Everlasting Wallflower to give it it’s popular name.

Favourite pansies next, one bordering on blue perhaps but edging towards the purplish I think.

And lastly, lavender, without which no garden is complete. This one is a particular favourite and I’ve taken a cutting from a more sprawling version in the garden to have it outside my bedroom door.

9 thoughts on “Colour 20 – Purple”

  1. You’re right, I had, and I still haven’t sorted the problem. To tick a ‘like’ I have to log in to my WP account again and then if I want to add a comment I have to do the same, log in, click on it, then click again on the Post Comment – all in all 4-5 actions which is very time-consuming and means ignoring some blogs. WP suggested I change my browser but I’m reluctant to do that just yet. I’m waiting for a techie friend to have a look.

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  2. They’re lovely, Mari! 🙂 🙂 For some reason I thought you’d stopped blogging for technical issues, so I stopped visiting. Silly me! I should know you’re a determined lady. Have a good weekend!

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  3. Thanks, Alison. It was a struggle, but today I’ve been to a garden centre and managed to buy some more bluey/purple plants. Somehow the colour puts all the others in the shade. I spent a small fortune so now I’m sitting at home wondering where n earth I can find places to put these plants. My balcony is chockful, my pots are falling over each other and I can’t see a bit of space between plants in the garden bit.

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  4. The wallflower is lovely and I would be reluctant to cut it back whilst the bees are loving it too. Maybe give it a trim after it finishes flowering. I seem to have seen purple flowers all over the place this week!

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    1. I’m glad you agree with me that it would be a shame to cut it down. The only problem is that it has never stopped flowering. It’s been there now for nearly two years and even in the frost it still kept on going. I suppose that’s why it’s called Everlasting!

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      1. I’d still trim it at the end of the summer. I have plants like that which barely stop flowering, but I find they do better after a cut back.

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    1. Yep, in my garden. As I’ve said before it’s only a small one, two long pieces, but I’m like a magpie, I buy stuff because I like the colour and then have to cram it in somewhere so we end up with a total mess – but it’s my mess! My neighbour has a Mediterranean garden, all different greens but no flowers, lots of artistically placed pots lying down and fragments of pottery strategically dotted around. We are a good contrast for people going by.

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