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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Is For Indigo


Anemone, blooming in my yard today!

Indigo.  A deep and bright shade of blue.
The color is named after the blue dye derived from the
plant Indigofera tinctoria.  The color is placed on the
electromagnetic spectrum about 420 and 450 nm in
wavelength, placing it between blue and violet.

And of course we all knew that, right?
Maybe we would have never heard of indigo if it
wasn't for science class and the famous
Roy G. Biv, for remembering the colors of the 
rainbow in their correct order!

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52 comments:

  1. I love blue flowers! I'm hoping my blue hydrangeas go nuts this year!

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    1. Oh, you lucky! I have 3 hyrdrangeas and I can't get any to bloom, much less bloom blue. haha.

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    2. Oh how frustrating for you! Sorry! I was counting my blue ones today after transplanting a few and there are about 10 or 11 this year. I have pink ones and glowing ember ones too and hope to get a few vanilla strawberry ones this year. Ha, there a lot of beds to fill! I'm slowly transitioning from a cottage garden (which is what was here when we moved) to a more manageable type of garden.

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    3. Ha I forgot. There are white Annabelle's out there as well! My mom (in Ohio) has some that don't bloom either. Not sure why.

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    4. I remember photos from your lovely garden last year! Gorgeous like a magazine! I have a huge bleeding heart that needs to be divided. I hope to do that this weekend if the weather stays nice.

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    5. The weather has been amazing! I love bleeding hearts too, well its safe to say I love pretty much all flowers but I found I simply can't keep up if I have them all so that's another reason why I'm trying to simplify. :) do you have a white or pink bleeding heart? Flower that is. Lol

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    6. it's a pink one. I do love them. The white ones are lovely, too!

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  2. This vibrant shade of blue is one of my favorites ... it borders on purple which I am also partial to ....

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    1. It's my favorite, too! My family room walls are this color. Although, the room needs repainting, and I think I'm ready for a change. haha.

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  3. nice...my high school ring was indigo...smiles...
    beautiful flowers and the feel of spring....

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    1. now why did you get my birthstone in your high school ring? haha.

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  4. Lovely flower! BTW how do you make that little heart?

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    1. make sure your number's lock is on and then hold down the alt key and hit the 3 in the keypad. :) ♥

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  5. Beautiful photo... I waiting for my hygrangea to bloom too...it's blue but not indigo!

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    1. my hydrangeas haven't even broken through the ground yet! haha. You're going to be into summer before we start spring!

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    1. I thought so! A welcome sight in my drab yard!

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  7. Sweet flowers and we all need that spring time color.

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    1. the ground around them looks like a sepia photo! haha.

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  8. I like blue
    But indigo I don't say at my zoo
    Too much to take in
    At my bin lol
    Here blue by any other shade is blue
    But maybe I'll use indigo just for you

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    1. too many syllables for you?
      Might make your tongue turn indigo...er, blue.
      Gotta keep the rhyme
      to make your mood sublime.
      haha.

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    2. Almost goes with fe fi fo
      Or could just go with Wendigo.

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    3. or Bingo?
      lol...
      is this a rabbit trail?
      How did we get here from your indigo wail?

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  9. Oh, you are the lucky one, Betsy!
    And such a beautiful cheerful color!
    I peeked into my backyard today....nothing like that gorgeous color!
    Are you expecting the Winter Storm same as us???
    Geesh....enough already!

    As for your Hydrangeas....do you cut them back in the Spring?
    Or do you let them bud on old wood??
    Sometimes the cutting back produces larger blooms...in your case...maybe SOME blooms! ha!
    Different varieties require different techniques...check it out...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Yes, we are expecting the storm! haha.

      I have never cut the hydrangeas back! Hey, it's worth a try...they aren't doing anything now! Thank you...I'll give them all a trim this weekend if they aren't covered in snow! lol....

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  10. I feel smarter just for having read this post, lol, I love indigo and never knew any of what you just wrote, thats amazing! I only knew I love it!

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    1. In grade school did you learn ROYGBIV for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet? And there's that catchy kid song that goes along with it.

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  11. What is wrong with Wisconsin? Cold and rainy here and we finally got electricity back after a thunderstorm. Come on spring!

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    1. Oh, ours is a tease! I kept telling you guys we always have snow or ice after the daffodils bloom, and they are open! haha....I think it's to hit us on Friday!

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  12. I saw a whole yard of blue in the middle of Rochester, NY yesterday as Mom and I were headed back home from the eye doctor. So pretty! I wonder if they were the same thing?

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    1. oh, that sounds lovely. I wonder if they were anemones or maybe grape hyacinth? They are early ones, too!

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  13. We have these too. Now I'll have to stun Bob with this knowledge about that color! Ours aren't near blooming yet though.

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    1. These don't last long, if I remember,..but they spread nicely on their own.

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  14. Just beautiful Betsy, love the colour and the photo!

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    1. thanks, christine...fun to see a little color!

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  15. This is such a beautiful flower Betsy. Talk about completely and utterly vibrant, love this!

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    1. why thank you, Matt! I thought it was really pretty!

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  16. Such a beautiful representation of a gorgeous color!! =D blessings ~ tanna

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  17. Hi Betsy .. gorgeous colour isn't it - so bright and lush .. love it - is it an aconite ..

    love it .. cheers Hilary

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    1. aconite....I had to 'google' that! ha.

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  18. Indigo sounds so much more exciting than blue. Keep up the good work...I am enjoying your A-Z creativity.

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    1. It always sounds like an easy challenge, but some are certainly easier than others! ha.

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  19. Beautiful flowers betsy, I love Indigo lucky you with these lovely flowers:)

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    1. There are only a few scattered through the flower bed. I wish there were more!

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  20. Don't know much about the names of flowers.
    I do know that I love the color Indigo.
    In fact my favorite color!

    (you are on the letter I, wow, good for you)

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    1. yep...I already! But it is the 10th! ha.

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  21. That is so pretty! I love blue flowers!

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  22. Do you ever have indigo bunting birds around there? They are such a beautiful shade of blue. I love the flowers! We don't have any peeking out yet. The snow is finally gone tho. :)

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    1. No, I've never seen one here...but I know exactly what bird you're talking about! Gorgeous. I've never seen any blue colored birds in my yard except a blue jay.

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  23. one of the perdiest colours ever, Betsy dear!

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