Orange

Orange is a warm and happy color – more intense than Yellow and less aggressive than Red.

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In color meanings, it is positively associated with gregarious, exuberant, youthful, adventurous, and creative.

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A little Orange energizes. Too much orange can feel overly flamboyant, loud and crass.

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Orange in nature is associated with heat, fire, sunsets and sunrises, and of course, autumn.

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In crystals, Orange is a power and healing color. It stimulates appetite as well as enthusiasm and creativity.

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To Native Americans, Orange represents learning or kinship. In Eastern philosophy, the Orange Chakra is in the abdomen and the creative center.

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It was also the source of ridiculous jokes as in “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?”

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Orange in the garden is sometimes criticized as too bright and garish – not tasteful. But I think orange brings life to a garden. I use it at home to create tropical heat or add brilliance to an otherwise dark space.

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We use spots of it in the Memorial Garden to add warmth while accentuating other colors.

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From deep, near-red burnt Oranges,

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to the more fragile Salmons and Apricots…

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you’ll find every shade of “Orange” in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.

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Orange you glad you stopped by?

Purple: Royalty in the Garden

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The color purple is associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, and power.

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Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.

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The color purple is a rare occurring color in nature and as a result is often seen as having sacred meaning.

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Purple, unlike violet, is not one of the colors of the visible spectrum. It is called a non-spectral color. It exists in culture and art, but not, in the same way that violet does, in optics. It is a combination of two primary colors. Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red.

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Because the purple color is created by combining a strong warm with a strong cool color, the color retains both warm and cool properties.

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On one hand, the color purple can boost imagination and creativity, on the other, too much purple can cause moodiness.

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Purple is said to be associated with spirituality, the sacred, higher self, passion, third eye, fulfillment, and vitality.

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It is said to uplift spirits, calm the mind and nerves, create feelings of spirituality, increase sensitivity, and encourage imagination and creativity.

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The color purple and its lighter lavender shades introduce romance to nature; think lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers. Lavender suggests uniqueness, while purple invokes mystery.

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Purple is considered a cool color in landscape design. Its appearance has a calming effect in a garden.

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Purple plants visually recede in a garden, helping to make a small space feel larger.

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Purple was one of the first colors used in prehistoric art. The artists of Pech Merle cave other Neolithic sites in France used sticks of manganese and hematite powder to draw and paint animals and the outlines of their own hands on the walls of their caves.

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Its complimentary color is yellow.

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A study in yellow

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In color psychology, yellow is supposed to be uplifting, illuminating – full of hope, happiness and cheer.

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It is said to inspire original thought.

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It is a color of the left or logical side of the brain; a practical thinker/creator, not a dreamer.
It does this by creating enthusiasm; awakening confidence and optimism.

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“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.” ~ Pablo Picasso

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Within the meaning of colors, yellow is the great communicator; it practically demands that you look at it. It is the most visible of colors in the spectrum.

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It depends on itself, preferring to not get emotionally involved. It is a color of the head, not the heart.

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Yellow can make people anxious and babies cry. A little goes a long way.

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I was never much of a fan of yellow. My garden beds were always a study in pinks, blues, purples, greens and the occasional orange. But this garden has changed my mind. Yellow brings spots of energy and light to the garden; it adds warmth and depth at the same time.

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“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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Maybe it is the range of yellows here…from the slightest hint of color…

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to the deepest gold.

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Or maybe it the fact that it is worn so beautifully by the wonderful creatures here.

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Uplifting. Illuminating. Full of hope.

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A study in yellow from the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.