Monday, November 23, 2009

Deep River of Song: Blues

The blues is a blending of African and European traditional music characterized by its melancholy (or blue) notes expressing suffering and deprivation. Songs are typically structured in three-line verses, with the third line summing up, or rephrasing, the sentiment expressed in the first two. Beginning in the nineteenth century, blues music developed throughout the southern United States from slave work songs and field hollers. Later, southern prisoners in jail and on chain gangs added songs of murder, death row, and their treatment at the hands of the wardens.*

Some of my favorite blues in the garden:
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly


Lacecap Hydrangea 'Mariesii Varigata'  with Mopheads




Hydrangea serrata and Mophead hydrangeas


Saliva farinacea and a blue bottle tree

 
Two kinds of Hyacinths

 Agapanthus and Hydrangea



*The New Georgia Encyclopedia, A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.

This post inspired by Kiki's 'Essence of Blue' Theme.

24 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful blue post! Your hydrangeas are awesome! I love the blue bottles..I have never seen that before..wow..very beautful!Your posts are always interesting.. thanks so much for your lovely blue contribution..I will gladly add it to the list! Yay! great!

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  2. Very pretty blue flowers. I have a blue lacecap and it is one of my favorites - the blue is brilliant. I've thought about doing a blue bottle tree as they are so neat looking. Love yours.

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  3. So beautiful! I especially love the blues of your Hydrangeas.

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  4. You have wonderful blues! Blue is my favorite color in the garden.

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  5. Very pretty blue post. I love those hydrangeas.

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  6. Beautiful blues! I'm a huge hydrangea fan and you've got some very pretty ones.

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  7. Nell, I love the agapanthus and the blue hydrangea. These are things I can't grow here, so I'm experiencing some agapanthus and hydrangea envy. (Actually, they sell some blue hydrangeas here with the promise that they'll bloom on new wood, but I haven't met anyone whose had much success with them.) -Jean

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  8. Thank you all for visiting and commenting. Hydrangeas and agapanthus bloomed together here in 2009, an amazement that the plan worked. They followed hyacinths. Then the blues turned to brighter colors as zinnias and other summer annuals took over.

    I still haven't tried blue plumbago, but there's always next year and it is readily available.

    I skipped over blue pansies; probably a mistake, not too late.

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  9. Hello Nell Jean, and thanks for the nice comments you give me. I have just been checking out your site. Love the blue bottle tree picture. I look forward to seeing more. Kind regards, Simon

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  10. Nell Jean your blues are gorgeous. Love the cobalt blue bottle tree.

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  11. I love the color blue in the garden...a color that I think is often under-utilized. I am so focused on veggies that sometimes, I forget about the flowers that I should be planning for next year!

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  12. You have some of my favorite flowers in my favorite color~I wish that the soil would cooperate here...then I would have a few of those sweet lace cap hydrangeas. I grow a very simliar Bottle Tree in my garden~I love its 4 season appeal;-) gail

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  13. Every photo is just exquisite Nell Jean! I particularly admire your title and the info about the blues. Great post! Carol

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  14. love, love, love the blues! Especially the butterfly, and also the hydrangeas. And thanks for the music - one of my sons was in a guitarist in a jazz band for a few years, and I always think of him when I hear this kind of music.

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  15. Hi Nell,
    I love your blues! The butterfly is my favorite.

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  16. I love all your blues in this post, even the music. Clever post, beautiful flowers!!

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  17. Clapton is the bomb.

    Love the blues in your garden, especially the blue bottle tree. Where did you find all those blue bottles? Are they a thing you find commonly in the South?

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  18. Such gorgeous hydrangeas you have. But my favorite is Salvia farinacea. They just never quit. Very surprisingly mine got what looks like powdery mildew just recently, probably from the incessant October rains. Oh well, a freeze will come soon and knock them out temporarily. Yes, you should try blue plumbago next year.

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  19. I was feeling blue until I read your clever post. Thank you... I love it! Pamela

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  20. Blue is my favourite colour in the garden.

    Lovely post, you've reminded me to grow an agapanthus next year.

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  21. Your blues are blutiful;-) I liked your introduction with the origin of blues music.

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  22. Nell Jean, the swallowtail is exquisite as are the blues of your garden. We trust you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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