Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pretty purples are my passion...

My garden is awakening.

Warm days have coaxed many plants into beautiful blooms.

Among the best performers in the garden right now are the purple plants.

Can you tell I have a passion for purple?

Many of my favorites are salvias.

Did you know that there are more than 900 species of salvias in the world? How amazing.

I'm lucky to have a nice collection of them in my garden. Indigo spires, Mystic Spires, Mesa, May Night and several more, but I'd have to go digging through previous posts because they are unusual and I don't have them committed to memory






























13 comments:

dm said...

Beautiful! I especially love the deep purple of the iris.

kriscard said...

WOW!! my favorite color by my favorite garden girl. beautiful [both of you!]! :)

NellJean said...

Deepest purple really adds to a garden. I have seedlings of purple Datura coming along and I'm on the hunt for Black Pearl peppers. What colors do you use with your purples?

Gail said...

Diana, I love purple. I was thinking about that this morning while I walked the garden. You have some choice purples, too. What is the spotted tradescantia? gail

Pam/Digging said...

What, no IDs? ;-) Love your purples too.

getgrounded said...

I have to laugh at Pam's comment! I had fun trying to ID them...I saw salvia, winecup, iris, spiderwort, maybe mystic spires? Was there society garlic, now I can't remember?

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Lovely purples and blues. Favorite colors of mine also. I don't what a drought resistant garden would do without salvias do you?~~Dee

Diana said...

dm - Thanks - I bought the iris blooming because I could not walk away from that deep purple!

Kriscard - Awww - bless. I thought I was all yellows in my garden -- guess not!

NellJean-I love purple Datura. I have huge monstrous white, but the purple I planted last year struggled. Maybe I will try again. Many of my purples are paired with tangerine, and some with all hot colors -pinks, yellows, oranges. One bed is purple and yellow.

Gail-The spotted Tradescantia was only labeled speckled wandering jew...sadly, I will probably have to google it to find the real name!

Pam- I cheated. I have IDs-but I was so crunched for time. I'd taken the pics but was not finding time to post, so I left them out. Thought I might make it a contest, but bagged that idea, too. I know, I'm lame! Maybe I will update the post and put the IDs in. Or not...!

Getgrounded - I have 10 different purple salvias. Then I also have 3 or 4 others that aren't purples! I am being shamed into labeling...soon, soon!

Dee - The salvias are wonderful, and so very different. Did you know that there are more than 900 species of them? I have a salvia book and I never tire of looking at it and longing for other varieties.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I had so many purple in the VA garden and would you believe I have almost none now? I will have to work on that!! You have a great collection of pretty purples.

Diana said...

Janet - Thanks. So interesting how our gardens change -- even within the same garden. You'll have to plant some more this summer so you don't feel deprived!

LindaCTG said...

Oh, just lovely! I'm a fan of purple too. Your diversity is simply fabulous.

Diana said...

LindaCTG-There is some diversity there, isn't there? I guess I didn't realize how much I have or how many salvias I have. Now I feel like I should be a real collector! The pressure, the pressure!

ONG said...

There is nothing better than purple blooms this time of year and that iris immediately jumped out when I saw it. I have two different purple siberian irises that are just awakening now and I cannot wait to see them explode in bloom. Thanks for sharing!