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Blue blossoms

Blue has been my favourite colour for many years, and I have a deep love for all kinds of blue flowers and blossoms. Have some of my favourites:

- chicory, or blue sailors, in our garden -
(what common name do you usually give them?)

-  columbine, in an English-style garden in Sweden -

- delphinium, in an artist's garden in Sweden -

- the blue hydrangea the WW gave me for our wedding anniversary -
You don't see the blue? Well, when he bought it in May it wasn't brought to bloom in advance,
so no blooms showed. The tag said blue, the nursery said blue, so it IS blue, of course.
Who are we to contradict the professionals? After all, colour is about perception, isn't it? *g*


Hydrangeas aren't to be trusted. :D You could always make it turn blue although you might end up with purple.

Lovely flowers. Such beautiful colours!
The WW suggested trying to turn it blue - but it could end up purple? *gasps* Good gracious! I'd rather not risk that. The not-blue is beautiful in itself.
Or it could end up a mixture of pink and blue and purple which is what I usually get. :D
And a very pretty blue hydrangea it is too...
Even more prettier now as all the blossoms are open!
How lovely. Blue (and purple) are my favorite flower colors.
Blue is one of my favourites too. The chicory is a particularly pretty shade. I don't think it is grown in Australia, or else I have never seen it. We do have many European plants here, some of which are now 'weeds' - Scotch thistle, gorse, Spanish Broom, all of which are seriously invasive weeds here in Tasmania, brought out by homesick Scots and Poms a couple of centuries ago.

The hydrangea is growing in alkaline soil, and that is why it is pink.You could make it blue by adding iron to the soil to acidify it. If you can buy little rolls of iron to clean your saucepans a couple of those added to the soil would do the trick. It is a very pretty pink though. Why not take a cutting when you cut it back in Autumn, and you could experiment with it while it is growing in a pot.
It has already been planted out, and in our regular soil which is very basic - too basic, in fact. The gardening manual taught is we need aluminum, not iron (as I thought all the time, too), but use special soil as well. The nursery said they must have forgotten to give this special plant it's dose of special fertilizer with the colouring agent, but if we want to keep it blue in our soil, we would need to keep it in a pot. We're still undecided, since we managed to plant our two blueberries in their special acidic soil and they grow very well. But it would need much maintenance to stay blue in the soil, so I'm still undecided.
I'm keeping the cut off blossoms - or some of them - each year, dry them, and have them on the top of one of an old country style buffet in our living room. Partly for decoration, but also for hindering the cats of jumping up on the too fragile cornice on top.

ETA: Forgot to say that I just looked up chicory. Wiki says it's not common in Australia. I also love its vegetable big brother, which we eat in salads together with the other variety of the family, Radiccio; but also cook as vegetable in the French style.

Edited at 2013-08-26 10:49 pm (UTC)
I love blue flowers! Very few grow here. These are GORGEOUS!

LOL Great use of the prompt. Lots of pretty blue. We call it chicory too, and I love the color, but it's a weed here. :)
It's considered a weed, too - we're probably the only ones who cultivate each plant which grows up in the garden. *g* But in the mornings in summer, when everything is blue with blossoms... so beautiful. I have loved chicory forever for the story going with it. It's called "roadwaiting" in Geramn, to translate it roughly; with a story behind that it's the transoformation of a girl who waits for her soldier gone to war but never coming back again. This impressed me hugely when I was small.
I love chickory! It's a very common wildflower here... grows along all the roads and ditches and makes, at least visually, for cool mornings in hot August. There's an entire meadow of it along my route into my small town... just breathtaking, but not in a safe spot to stop and take a photo, alas.
An entire meadow sounds awesome. Chicory used to be very common, but it got rare. Also, very often only a pink variety is seen, but at least along one piece of road the pinks got back to the good old blue.