Saturday, 12 March 2016, blue and red...

...a colourful March in the subtropics.

Purple; Jules, a low growing Tibouchina. Flowers basking in the morning sun.

Purple is  the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow. It is  a powerful colour with an ancient history.
Purple dyes date back to about 1900 B.C. It needed 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of  pure dye . Purple dye was precious and very expensive and used only for garments of the nobility.

Now we know, Purple is the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy.  It’s just a few steps away from x-rays and gamma rays. 

Roman emperors Julius Caesar and Augustus both decreed that only the Emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple and even the sale of purple was punishable by death!

Yellow  Tecoma capensis and  Easter Cassia, Senna pendula, might be an undeclared weed but it is a beautiful shrub. One is supposed to look after it and take care of the seedpods and destroy them. Driving everywhere here they light up the bush with their golden colour. I can not help myself but I love them weed or not. Native bees and other insects love the pollen and nectar they provide.

Tecoma cpensis, a softer yellow may be teamed up with any colour and it looks stunning. I have some shrubs growing together with a washed pink  and another area where it grows together with a soft mauve, both look beautiful together.

EasterCassia, Senna pendula.

Yellow, I see as a color of sunshine, happiness and optimism. It is such a joyful colour. I do not believe or agree with  its  association  of cowardice  deceit and jealousy. 

Bright yellow in combination  with black is easy to read from long distances and therefore also used for traffic signs. 

Pink, Busy Lizzy , Impatients walleriana, have been for ever in my garden. Pop up here and here for a period to bloom profusely and then disappear again. Clytostoma callistegioides, Violet trumpet vine, has climbed up with long arms on the nearby Magnolia grandiflora. High up it shows it beautiful flowers. 

Buzzy Lizzy

Clytostoma callistegioides

 Pink is a positive colour, associated with kindness. Pink inspires comfort and warm feelings.

Blue; Pickerel weed/ Pontederia cordata love to grow in ponds or bog areas. Since it has started to flower at the end of spring it is still going to the contentment for the blue banded bee visiting any time of the day. 

Blue for peace and tranquility. Blue promotes physical and mental relaxation.

Red; Bromeliads,  some have spectacular flowers, fantastic patterns  and many more great attributes.

Aechmea fulgens;

Mussaenda erythrophilla grows high up into trees . When finished flowering they will be pruned back. They are deciduous in my climate.

Philodendron "Dark Lord" freely climbing and spreading. It is a spectacular, beautiful plant for the warm climate garden.

Red is warm and positive. It is energizing and excites our emotions.

©Photos/Text Ts  Lavender & Vanilla


  1. Wow! Gorgeous, stunning flowers and photos,Titania!
    Thanks for you nice comment on my post.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Sonia; thank you for your mice comment, glad you visited.

  2. I love all the colors and all the flowers! Your photos are sensational. I find your blog to be very interesting and love all your photos on here. I am a new follower to your blog.

    1. Hi Nora, thank you for your lovely comment. Glad you like my blog and are following.

  3. Titania, your flowers are always amazing! Very beautiful images!
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog.
    Many greetings.

  4. I'm all coloured in now. Interesting facts about purple that I didn't know.

  5. diane b thank you, an interesting colour "purple" Violet.