Monday, May 5, 2008

The color purple

I notice spring evolving in waves of color this year, like never before.

The first yellows of forsythia, daffodil and dandelion--bright spots against winter's drab.
Sunshine's wake-up call to a sleeping earth.
A new season's entry announced with cheer.

Our yard has passed into the purple phase now.

The fragrance of lilacs fills the air, dripping heavy and sweet. Fresh blooms borne upon grizzled branches.
And a reunion with familiar faces--the old iris.
Evidence of the resiliency of life.
Irrepressible growth.

And the perfect complement to green.

Budding Lilac
April 2, 2008

Lilac buds against lichens

Quilted purples:
lilac, violet, lilac
wild geranium, ajuga, iris
lilac, iris, lilac

Thanks to Mrs. Nesbit for hosting ABC Wednesday!

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Lisa at Greenbow said...

Lovely purples.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Beauty all around at the moment.

Lynne said...

I can almost smell them! My lilacs are about a week out yet but I think we'll have a bumper crop of blooms.

bobbie said...

Our lilacs are in bloom, too. The photo of the buds is perfect. I love purple!

Anonymous said...

The colour of kings.

photowannabe said...

Lovely, simply lovely. The Purple color is so regal. A great choice for the letter P.

K. Bear-Mom said...

very very beautiful choice.

Petunia said...


ellen b said...

Very lovely collage of purple. Beautiful photos!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Very lovely purple-photos!

Have fun:)

Anonymous said...

Purple is a favorite color of mine as well as lilac's are a favorite plant. I have one small bush here in California and I just treasure each day it is in bloom.Beautiful photos!
Kathy b

imac said...

Nice set of P's Post/

Please visit my Pots

Beth said...

These are beautiful, I especially like the budding lilac from April 2--bursting and preparing for today's beautiful purple pictures

Diana said...

that's great! i thought of Pink and you thought of Purple. ya!

leslie said...

Ah, simply Phantastic! Love purple. Have you seen the movie?

Texas Travelers said...

Can't get enough purple.
Thanks for sharing this.

P is Posted.
Come visit,
Troy and Martha

Neva said...

Purple is a great choice...and so obvious....but not to me!!!
Mine are posted!
Neva 1
Neva 2

Blue said...

I can almost smell the fragrance of the lilac blossom.
Great collage & choice for P.

Ida said...

Beautiful flowers in purple shades. My Lilac`s looks just like the one in your photo at the moment.
Enjoy spring. :)
Happy ABC!


Andrea said...

PURPLE has always been my favorite color so I love this post.

babooshka said...

I love the colour purple, all shades. These images are simply stunning.

MammyT said...

You are so right about the lilac and green as spring colors. Add just a little yellow for me and I'm there.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful collage.

Helena said...

Snap! I did purple too. But I think I prefer your photo's!

WHAT is that cute little newty/skinky thing on your finger at the top right??? And does he have a name? :D

mrsnesbitt said...

Sorry for being late....we have been out on the motorbike,so I am just catching up!
Wonderful collection of P you know that poem? When I am old I will wear purple? Hilarious!

When I am Old
I will wear Purple!

When I am an old woman,
I shall wear purple - -
With a red hat which doesn't go,
and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandles,
And say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
and gobble up samples in shops
and press alarm bells
and run with my stick along public railings,
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick flowers in other people's gardens
and learn to spit!
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at ago,
or only bread and pickles for a week,
and hoard pens and pencils
and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
and pay our rent
and not swear in the street,
and set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner
and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised
when suddenly I am old,
And start to wear purple!

--Jenny Joseph

Mel said...

They are lovely! Lucky you!