Colour Challenge 2021: May – Purple

Jude, from Life In Colour is running the 2021 Colour Challenge blog feature.

This month’s focus is Purple.

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Rainbow primroses: Blue, Purple & Pink

Purple combines the strength of red and the solidity of blue.

Cuban Purple classic – has stood the test of time with such elegance!

The colour that has long stood for nobility, luxury, extravagance. A majestic, exotic colour of many hues; associated too with independence, creativity & mysticism.

I love garden purples – though not so much in the house. However, when my girls were very young, after a ‘cooking’ session experimenting with our home grown squidgy, ripe blackberries, they came up with a marvellous ‘recipe’ for blackberry delight. (Predictably, blackberries mixed with varying degrees of yogurt to vary the colour and taste!)

So taken with the colour, they asked to paint their bedroom the same purple tone, and took a bowl of said ‘blackberry delight’ down to the local Decorators Mate. I don’t think the guys behind the paint mixing counter had ever had a request like that before… but it certainly was an equal success on the palette and the palate!..

Another holiday throwback: French market purple aubergine globes

Bees – especially honey bees – are particularly attracted to purple, violet and blue. Scientists believe that purple flowers tend to have the highest levels of nectar, resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Although relatively common in plants, purple colours are rare in the animal kingdom. Mammals are unable to produce purple pigments, and ‘birds and insects only able to show display purple through structural colouration. This is where tiny structures in the feathers of birds or the scales of butterflies and beetles reflect light a certain way to appear coloured, even though the cells are actually colourless’. (Natural History Museum)

Homegrown purple grapes, perfect for making dark magenta grape juice; bursting with Antioxidants.

.. & delicate purple sprouting broccoli, brightening up the early spring veg garden with a touch of regal sophistication.

Below, the 2021 Hampton Court Tulip show – with lashings of regal sophistication!

 C.A.A. Savastano

“Some people are Red voters and some people are Blue voters, but I am a Purple voter because I can see good and bad in the policies of both and vote accordingly.”
2021 Hampton Court tulip festival featuring masses of purple pops!

7 thoughts on “Colour Challenge 2021: May – Purple

  1. What a great selection of photos but also such a great context of text.

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    1. Thank you so much BernieLynne; we’re trying to encourage purple in our garden, as it’a apparently a favourite of the bees!


  2. A beautiful and informative post. That was very brave of you to allow that choice of room decoration 🙂

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    1. ‘Brave’ is a very polite way to put it 🙂
      Thank you, Derrick!

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  3. What a wonderful collection of purples here Emma. Love the Cuban car and the tulips of course and what a lovely story about your daughters! I once had a wall in my very tiny bedroom wallpapered in purple.

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    1. Thank you, Jude.
      How lovely – it’s a perfect accent colour!

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