Posted: 14/05/2017 at 23:06
Bluebells always seem to me to be blue with a touch of white paint mixed in! But mine are always very pale looking.
I managed to kill off my Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue' and reckoned that was definitely blue. Stupidly dug them up and put them in a pot of ericaceous compost and they died off within a fortnight - and there was me thinking I was doing them a favour!!!
I love the blue of Borage - which I call almost sky blue. But then again, I thought my Borage had madly self-seeded in the autumn, put all the seedlings in one bed - and hey ho - they weren't Borage at all - as posters on here identified for me before they flowered, they were blasted pink campion. So my planned 'all blue' bed is up the Swanney from the start.
I love cornflowers - which seem a deep blue to me, depending on which ones you sow, some are dark some are lighter.
I do get fed up with photographs of flowers on seed packets or descriptions of plants which describe them as 'scarlet' and they turn out to be more like plum or claret when they bloom. I suppose there has always been a bit of artistic and historic license with botanical naming. In the same way that 'hunting pink' is what we now commonly just call 'red'. Although I read somewhere a long time ago - please correct me on this - memory isn't what it was - there either didn't used to be a 'red' - or was it red was called pink - or the other way around? I've lost the plot here. Drifting...
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