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Blue flowers rare

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n “God is insulted when we walk by a purple flower and don’t notice” is a line from the movie “The Color Purple.” In the botanical world, purple is called blue, and blue is called purple, but the flower we would more likely notice would be a true blue blossom since it is much rarer in the plant world than purple.

Blue is a great moderator between plants. It subdues by linking brighter and hotter hues. Keep in mind blue recedes and may need to be placed in the forefront of the garden.

Blues in the annual family include pansies, baby-blue-eyes, violas and forget-me-nots (the latter two may reseed themselves). In perennials there are many varieties of salvia, including black and blue, Genetian sage, and blue Brazilian sage. Veronica Speedwell has tiny medium blue flowers and blooms in earliest spring. In the iris family there are many shades of blue and cornflower (bachelor’s buttons) is a true saturated blue. Virginia bluebells is the most charming of all.

Two blue perennial shrubs are hydrangea and amsonia. Plumbago and butterfly pea are two tropicals. Vines for climbing are morning glory (heavenly blue) and grass pea.

Borage, a herb, has blue star-shaped blooms. Silver is a good accent color with blue.

Charlotte Lindley, a Master Gardener, is a trained volunteer of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. For gardening questions, call the Hort Line at (662) 620-8280 in Lee County or (866) 920-4678 outside Lee County and leave a message.

REMINDERS

n The North Mississippi Master Gardeners’ next installment in the 2008 Learning Series will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Lee County Library. The topic is “Herbs and Raised Beds” and the instructors are Joan Ball and Becky May. For more information, call (662) 841-9000.

n The North Mississippi Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lee County Extension Office at 5338 Cliff Gookin Blvd. in Tupelo. For more info, call (662) 841-9000.

n The Tupelo Ballet Showcase of Homes tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and available at Doodles and MLM and at each home. For info, call (662) 844-1928 or e-mail balletplus@aol.com

n The Holly Springs Pilgrimage is today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 Friday and Saturday and $25 on Sunday. For info, call (888) 687-4765 or www.visithollysprings.org.

n The Presley Heights Azalea Tour continues through April. Tour maps are available from area merchants, at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, CDF and The Elvis Presley Birthplace.

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