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July Colours from East to West July 20, 2010

Filed under: Climate,Colours,Gardening — Janet @ 10:15 pm


I was on the East Coast a couple of weeks ago, visiting in Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut.  One of the highlights of the trip was my sister’s purchase of a mood ring.  This was in a gift shop in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit.  Well, this mood ring gave us many laughs.  The most prominent and frequent colour was blue – which meant that she was happy.  So blue has to be one of my colours for this month.   When I arrived in Seattle, one of the things that struck me was the BLUE hydrangeas – they are everywhere.  Now I am well used to red and pink hydrangeas in Dublin, but we seldom have blue.  The picture to the right is one of my favourite bright blue houses on my street here.  If you look closely you can see the Old English Sheepdog who lies on the sofa looking out the picture window.  I always wave as I walk past and then he doesn’t bark at me.

  and a nice bright blue sky license plate – this is South Dakota 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. (or Mrs.) Robin on the roof of the Caprice Kitchen cafe – outlined against the blue sky – this was taken near our house – mornings have tended to be overcast and then we have been having clear blue skies in the afternoons.

                                                                                                                                                                                              blue verging on purple

                                             just to show that we have pink in Seattle, in fact we have many many colours as this time of year


5 Responses to “July Colours from East to West”

  1. Leigh Says:

    I love all the blue! And the purple, and the pink. All favorites for me.

  2. mlegan Says:

    Those are some seriously blue hydrangeas. Do you have to feed them something to get them so blue?

  3. Janet Says:

    Mary Lou – the answer is all to do with the acidity or aluminium content of the soil. Lots of aluminium and acidic soil= blue. Neutral to alkaline soil = pink. I found the answer on the following site:

  4. Annie Says:

    Sweet robin!
    It depends on the variety for hydrangeas to need feeding for getting blue, I’ve been told. Ours are mostly white or pink, but last week I saw such beauties in blue! Must try to find them.

  5. Thanks for sharing your colors of July…..blue is my favorite color so I loved this post!!

    We just returned from a week in Wells, Maine. Very close to Ogunquit!!

    I’ll have to read up on your New England adventures! Maybe it will give me ideas of things to do or visit in my own backyard!


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