|Blue Muscari in a cheerful pot on Sarah’s balcony|
Apparently, it’s Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year. Who knew? I’m not feeling particularly sad myself, but I am always ready to think about the colour blue. Here’s some cheeriness for a blue day.
|Another blue that was felled by Microgarden disease (see above) was this marvelous blue Penstemon barbatus, which would normally be happy in my kind of garden (well-drained, part sun) if not for its overly territorial neighbours.|
|Also at the Toronto Botanical Garden, these bronze Ajuga in flower gain added punch from the interplanting of Sedum ‘Angelina’. Because they’re bronze, could this be a brangelina combo? A small laugh is permissible here.|
|Lest fall think itself forgotten, here’s the blue wood aster (Symphiotricum cordifolium) in a neighbour’s garden, a blue cloud of tiny flowers. A nice plant to know, as it will take some shade and dryness. That makes me happy!|
|No blue round-up would be complete without a gentian – this one (possibly Gentiana paradoxa) captured at the Reykjavik Botanical Garden. Many gentians grow in our climate. And, if you love blue, that should make you happy, too.|
[UPDATE:] If you like blue flowers, here are a few links that might interest you. First, an article by Monty Don about true blue flowers. Apparently, they’re quite rare, which might partly explain our fascination with them. Plantoholics are incorrigible collectors.
The New York Times had an article on the powerful impact of colour; interesting to read about the physiological effect of blue, which was shown to lower blood pressure. Probably why we associate it with tranquility.
Finally, this article from Psychology Today mentions that blue is the world’s favourite colour – worldwide.
Now if we could just do something about this “Blue Monday” thing.