Ultra Violet Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.
Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.
Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

How will you incorporate Ultra Violet into your gardens and daily lives?

Symbolism of the Christmas Wreath

There are many translations to the symbolism of a Christmas wreath.  My favorite goes like this:

The Christmas Wreath is made of evergreen branches because evergreen is the symbol of strength- even in the harshest of winter weather it stays green.

The Christmas Wreath is round because at every end, there is a beginning.

WOW right?   How could you not love that.  When we decorate a wreath, we bring our own style to it, a little piece of ourselves.  Glitz, natural, our love of the seashore, a cardinal to honor someone who has passed, old ornaments of a loved one or even the ones your children have made.  The list goes on and on…  So in the end we showcasing our personalities with our Christmas wreath.

 

 

 

Planting Amaryllis

Amaryllis are quite stunning flowers in full bloom and require very little care. Indoor amaryllis are planted with 1/3 of the bulb exposed from the soil line. Place the bulb in your container (paying close attention not to damage the roots), then fill the container with potting soil, leaving the top portion of the bulb exposed.  Water the bulb thoroughly upon planting and do not water until the medium is dry.  Once a sprout emerges, your plant really doesn’t require much more water; if it does need water a few drops will do.  Too much water can cause the plant to grow too tall and weight of the flower can cause the plant to tip.

Amaryllis bloom times:

Growing Garlic

If you have ever tasted home grown or local farm grown garlic you know it is far superior in flavor to what you can buy in the grocery store. Garlic is an easy crop to grow and planting it in October/early November will ensure you a bountiful harvest next July – which will keep you in home grown garlic for the entire year. Get your soil ready and give it a try.

Garlic should be planted between October 1 and November 15 to give the clove a chance to develop some roots before it goes dormant for the winter.

• Separate cloves from the bulb and plant root side down (pointed side up) about 2-4 inches deep, 6-8 inches apart in the row and 12-18 inches between rows. A bulb planter used for tulips and daffodils is an excellent tool to get a number of cloves planted quickly. I just push them down with my thumb- that is just about 2-4 inches.  Continue reading “Growing Garlic”