Tuesday, July 01, 2008

fuchsia

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A few weeks ago, we shared the company of a childhood friend, who had traveled East to help celebrate an anniversary of the elementary school that we had attended. Upon arrival, my husband was presented with the very thoughtful gift of a Fuchsia. (more about my gift at a later date).

We have never owned a Fuchsia before, though both of our respective mothers had. We talked about how we had always admired them, but had heard that they can be "fussy"...requiring special conditions in order keep looking as spectacular as they did when you first purchased them.

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I have heard them called Lady's Eardrops or Dancing Ladies. It is easy to use your imagination and understand why. In the past few weeks we have pampered it, and it seems happy to enjoy the cool mountain air, as well as the humid nights along the riverrim.

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I have been spinning a braid of Wensleydale roving that I purchased at Rhinebeck last October. It had a tag on it that read "Cranberry". "Deep Fuchsia" would be a more appropriate name for the colorway....or "5RP" according to Munsell. ...wouldn't you agree??

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Did you know that Crayola replaced the name "Violet Blue" with "Fuchsia" in 1990?? I didn't. For years I thought that violet blue was my favorite crayon color...now I can answer "deep fuchsia" when someone asks...btw...what is your favorite crayola color??

16 comments:

Sue said...

Great googly, that's gorgeous.

Manise said...

Can't take my eyes off that last photo! I used to grow fushias in the early '90's - actually buy and maintain would be more accurate. They were susceptible to mealy bugs if I remember correctly and succumbed rather quickly. May yours last a long time! Love the petticoats under the skirts :-) And your fiber color bears no resemblance to Cranberry- glad you renamed it. Beautiful singles! Whatcha going to do with it?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This fushia was the first hanging basket I ever bought many years ago. I usually can't resist it if I see a big basket of it even now. It seems to have fallen out of favor in this area. Too bad it is so pretty.

Your yarn is even prettier I think. Deep fushia. Yummmmm

It is difficult to say what crayon is my favorite color. I think "color" is entrancing to me. I love them all. My heart did race when I saw your deep fushia purple yarn and that fushia bloom together though .

Donna B said...

Both yarn and flowers are beautiful.

Anne said...

Those are some of my favorite flowers. I gifted my mom a big hanging planter one year, and she actually didn't have a lot of issues with it. Until they moved, and then I suppose it didn't like it's new place where she had room to hang it and it gave it up.

Gorgeous yarn color!!

elizabeth said...

That's incredible - both the spinning and the fuschia! What a thoughtful gift!

My fave color was periwinkle, which I'm proud to see is still going strong.

The Gingerbread House said...

I'd like to have one of those beauties also the yarn is magnificent with the same tones of color...just a beautiful post..You have done a wonderful job with this one....

Leigh said...

Gosh but those are gorgeous! I only had fuchsias one summer and loved them. They were in a hanging pot on our front porch. The best part was the purple finches who nested in them.

judy said...

The crayola site was a lot of fun. Thanks for the link. Beautiful post. Fuchias are such wonderfully impossible colors.

fiberjoy said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! Each one gets better til I had no favorite.

I loved Spring Green (which sadly on my monitor looks a sickly brown), Blue Violet, and Burnt Orange, and Midnight Blue to round out the list.

Anonymous said...

Here's a Crayola fun fact I always got a chuckle out of;
Emerson Moyer (Crayola's senior crayon maker), was color blind!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Gorgeous eye candy as usual! That Fuchsia plant is gorgeous (as is the spinning).

cindy said...

Love the deer in the earlier post as well as the fushcia and your spinning...............

annmarie said...

beautiful photos and a very lovely yarn. I can't imagine how the dyer of that roving named it 'cranberry', though. :)

Sunflower Farm said...

Absolutley beautiful

Joanne said...

What? I have to have just one favorite color crayon?!! (impossible.) I love your fuchsia colors. I've seen some fabulous ones in England in the summer time but have never attempted it where I live in Kentucky. Maybe Winnipeg will be a better climate for a summer time experiment?

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