Chronicaling the lunacy of taming three acres in Tidewater Virginia, one square foot at a time!

"Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


While I don't have a lick of Irish in my ancestry anywhere, it seems like a good day to celebrate GREEN!

Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color.

Green is the pervasive color in the natural world.

Natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology.

Green has traditionally been used to symbolize nature and its embodied attributes, namely those of life, fertility, and rebirth.

Green was the favorite color of George Washington, the first President of the United States

Green is the color of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.

In Portugal, green is the color of hope because of its associations with spring.

Because of the fertility symbolism, in the 15th-century green was the preferred color choice for wedding gowns! Some people say green M & M's send a sexual message...hmmm

Animals typically use the color green as camouflage, blending in with the chlorophyll green of the surrounding environment...this frog- definitely color blind regarding the surrounding environment! Most fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds appear green because of a reflection of blue light coming through an over-layer of yellow pigment.

Green is the color used for night-vision goggles because the human eye is most sensitive to and able to discern the most shades of that color.

Green ribbons have been used by a range of environmental groups to symbolize organ donation and transplant, awareness of Bipolar Disorder, solidarity with Chechnya, and support of farmers in America.

And what all gardeners already the color green affects us physically
•Relaxes mentally, as well as physically
•Helps alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety
•Offers a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony

Why do you think we are always itching to get outside!!

So celebrate green today...
St. Patrick's Day Toast
Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!

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