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Widows in Mourning

The sight of yesterday’s colourful Allium from last summer has me searching again for purple. I didn’t have to look any farther than the kitchen windowsill. Planted last November, the pansies are pretty unrelenting. The petals do suffer in heavy rain and they need regular dead-heading, but they produce so many replacement flowers. Last year, I was shocked to see how they became infested with whitefly especially when the warmth of spring arrived. I’m on top of it this year, spraying them every two weeks.
Here’s an excerpt from Colour Meaning…
Throughout history, purple robes were worn by royalty and people of authority or high rank. Many believe this to be true because the rare occurrence of purple in nature made it one of the most expensive color dyes to create. The United States Military awards the Purple Heart to soldiers wounded in battle. In Thailand, purple is the color of mourning for widows.

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