We have written about the color blue several times, including some of the earliest posts. Whilst browsing through the photo files in December of 2007, looking for inspiration it was noticed how many of the images contained the blue hue in one way or another. That was a eureka moment, and three posts were written about Blue in the Garden. Those posts can be seen by clicking here, here and here. The third post has a surprise ending! (These and all of the early Faire Garden posts that were published on the Blogger platform before I moved to WordPress and changed the name to Fairegarden have smaller photos, but they can be enlarged to full size with a click on the image. Also, the WordPress sidebar does not appear on those posts.)
Above: Image from May, 2013, Love in a mist, Nigella damascena is the purest blue, backed by the silvery blue of Festuca glauca.
In 2011 we wrote about early spring blues in the garden, seen here.
Above: In the space known as the Shed Bed, blue Eryngium ssp., a mix of volunteers from several purchases over time, blends with Stipa (Nasella) tenuissima.
In 2010 we wrote about the fall blues in the garden here.
Above: Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ in the Gravel Garden.
We wrote lightheartedly about being blue in a snowy winter here.
Above: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dooley’.
We even wrote about the pair of blue chairs that often crop up in long shots of the garden here.
Above: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nikko Blue’ fading faire.
It seems there is a fixation with blue around here.
Above: A blue Veronica ssp. volunteer that popped up in a bed where the compost bin had been emptied. There were many fun surprises that arose from that gardeners gold.
Azure allows the senses to be cooled even as temperatures soar. Temperatures are not soaring so far this year, 2013, but artistic license is being applied.
Above: Pulling back, the same phlox as above in situ in the Yellow/White Garden at midday. The colors become more purple in the higher wattages of light and temperature.
Years of seed collecting and sowing around and about this bed in front of the long stretch of Pyracantha has finally paid dividends. There will be a sea of spiky spheres soon on the Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’. If you squint just so, you can see the blue haze forming on some of the buds. The acorn shaped birdhouse, a gift from my sister in law Lynn several years ago was life’s starting point for several hatchings of house wrens. It too, wears a turqoise glaze.
Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ is our favorite evergreen shrub. It is used widely in front, side and back gardens. These were planted on the day we closed on the purchase of this house back in 1996. No pruning has been done or is required. Japanese painted fern that was planted in the bed above the blue stars has sprung up amongst their stems and has been spread all over. It now volunteers in every nook and rocky place, sun or shade.
I haven’t embedded a video on the blog in a while, sorry music fans! Here is the original by Eddie Cockran.
is a song co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written in the late 1950s by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer.