Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Rainbow Invitation

Enough of the drab days of winter! While we are biding our time waiting for spring, I thought I'd throw a little colour into the blogosphere.

I was thinking of the colours of the rainbow, and our good friend Roy G Biv. I thought it would be fun to find a flower for each of the colours. I have absolutely no red in my garden, so I had to find an ancient picture, taken a few cameras ago. I'd love for others to join me in this 'Rainbow Challenge', it's always fun to look through old pictures during the dark cold days of winter. Anything garden related is welcome.



Red: Amarylis






Orange: Thunbergia, Black Eyed Susan Vine







Yellow: Daylily Hemorocalis 'Bonanza'







Green: Hosta 'Francee'







Blue: Dwarf Delphinium 'Blue Elf'








Indigo: Perennial Sage






Violet: Lobelia








And of course pictures of actual rainbows are always welcome.










Anyone care to join me? Here's a list of participants to date, if I've forgotten to add your post, please send me a reminder since it was in no way intentional.

Thanks so much for your great contributions!

A Rainbow Invitation by miss m @ The Informal Gardener,

Rainbow Magic by Kiki @ Awake with Charm and Spirit

A Colour Journal in Rainbow Shades by Liisa @ Green Mountain Gardener

Beautiful, like a Rainbow by Catherine @ A Gardener in Progress

Colours of the Rainbow by Ben @ Garden in Georgia

In Search of Sunshine or Rainbows by Lona @ Hocking Hill's Garden

Garden Rainbows by Cherry Lane @ Approaching the Crest

Rainbow Colours and a Garden Palette by Carol @ Flower Hill Farm

A Rainbow Invitation by Linda @ Crafy Gardener

Rainbows, Pots of Gold and Moonbeams by Jodi @ Bloomingwriter

A Garden Rainbow by Jean @ Jean's Garden

A Portion of the Rainbow I Have Clutched by Kylee @ Our Little Acre

Rainbow in the Garden by Beth @ Beyond the Garden Gate

A Rainbow in the Garden by Nancy @ Soliloquy

Rainbows by Sweetbay

I Can Sing a Rainbow by Anna @ Greentapestry

Colour of Winter, Promise of Spring by Nell Jean @ Secrets of a Seed Scatterer

A Tribute to Roy G Biv by Amy @ Go Away, I'm Gardening

A Rainbow in February for Muse Day by Jan @ Thanks for Today

A Rainbow Initation by Tammy @ Simple Pleasures

Colours of the Rainbow by Bloomin Rs

A Spring Rainbow by Shady Gardener @ Does Everything Grow Better In My Neighbour's Yard?

Floods and Rainbows by Diana @ Elephant's Eye

Garden Rainbow by Liz @ Las Frutas de Paraiso

Paging Dr. Biv, Dr. Roy G. Biv by Kyna @ Crystal Coast Gardener

74 comments:

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    This is an excellent idea for a post! What beautiful flowers you have in each color of the rainbow. It has brightened my day :^)

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  2. Great idea! Especially now when there is not a lot of color in the garden.
    I will try to do a similar post, but I see that I might be missing indigo...

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  3. Rececca, I would have loved to, but holidays await!

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  4. Rebecca ! this is beautiful : ) I have been looking at my old garden pictures and they do lift your spirits up so much (especially after certain machinery FAILED miserably ? haha)
    Love all the plants for their specific colour and what a RAINBOW !!! I would love to capture one as great as that .. fantastic job girl !!

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  5. P.S. Rebecca I forgot to tell you how much I like your header picture ! It is beautiful and so darn cheerful you have to feel brighter just looking at it ! : )

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  6. I love your header too. This is a great idea for a post. It's gray, drizzly and in the low 40's here, so any color would be welcome. I think I'll go through last year's pictures and put together a similar post -- a good way to combat the winter blahs!

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  7. Thanks everyone!! I'm so flattered that you like my rainbow shot, and my header picture. The bed in the header is my problem child, and has been a source of frustration. It's in almost full shade, and has bulbs in the spring then a mix of annuals & perennials in the summer, but I always find it to lack cohesiveness. Looking back now though, it does look pretty good..

    Noelle, thank you for your lovely words!

    vrtlarica, I look forward to your post. Indigo is difficult, I found the blue/indigo/violet part a little confusing.

    Deborah, have a great time!

    Joy, Thanks so much for your great posts, I'm glad I could brighten you day, especially after your mechanical failure lol. Your sky shots are lovely, I just got lucky with the rainbow, it was very close by so I could photograph it from home with my inexpensive Canon.

    sweet bay, Thanks for the lovely compliment, let me know if you put a post together and I'll add a link to my post.

    Tammy, Hi & Welcome! Thanks for the lovely compliment. The rainbow was across the street from my house, so I was able to photograph it from my balcony, even with my little point & shoot. :)

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  8. Rebecca what a wonderful post of color and a fab idea. Now I will have to go searching in the flower vault. ;-) The orange may be a problem.

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  9. Rebecca, This is a delightful idea. As soon as I get a chance (probably next week), I'll get some photos together and post my own garden rainbow. Thanks for the invitation. -Jean

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  10. Hi Lona, Terrific! Let me know when your post is up and I'll add it too the list. Funny how many people have a 'problem' colour, I hadn't realized I'd been avoiding red til I came up with this post. :)

    Hi Jean, I'm glad you like my idea, it was a fun post to put together and I thought others might like it too. Do let me know when you post so I can add a link. :)

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  11. How original ! Fabulous post, Rebecca. (Love the new header too). Like vrtlarica, indigo might be a challenge, but count me in !

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  12. What a GREAT idea for a post, Rebecca! After the sun today, I'm feeling more fortified and inspired, so yes, I think sometime this weekend I shall join you in a Rainbow...

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  13. Hi miss m, Thanks, I'm so glad you like it. I came up with it a while back but wasn't sure if it was too silly. Can't wait to see yours.

    Hi jodi, It's nice that you had some sun today, I'm flattered that you want to join me, I look forward to your post. :)

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  14. Rebecca.yay!!...how super lovely..very uplifting and fun ! Your Rainbow tribute is gorgeous..beautiful photos. I totally love the rainbow shot..wow..magical! I created one too..hope you enjoy it!
    Kiki~

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  15. I love this post! I will definitely do a rainbow post, it might take me a couple of days, but what a fun idea. I love the orange of the BES vine.

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  16. What a great idea for this time of year!

    BTW - your header radiates good cheer :)

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  17. Rebecca,
    I love your header photo, and the soft yellow mixed with gold tones. I would love to join you in your rainbow post. Your Black Eyed Susan vine is beautiful. :)

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  18. Hi Kiki, I love your post, thank you so much for your gorgeous contribution, your posts are always so calming and inspirational.

    Hi Catherine, Thanks so much for your great message! I look forward to seeing your post, I'm sure it will be stunning, I love the BES vine too, it grew an inch or more a day for months, and bloomed profusely, I love watching it grow and change every day.

    Hi Ms S, Thanks complimenting my header, that particular bed is a constant source of frustration for me!

    Hi Liisa, Thanks so much for your kind words and for putting together such a gorgeous post, I really appreciate it!

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  19. Hi Rebecca, I've got my rainbow post up today. It was a really fun one to do, great idea!

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  20. Hi Catherine, Thanks for letting me know, I'll add you to my list! :)

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  21. I had a lot of fun participating. Great Idea! My post is up here: http://gardeninga.blogspot.com/2010/01/colors-of-rainbow.html

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  22. Hi & Welcome I'm so glad you liked my idea. Great post! :)

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  23. This is a great idea. I'm off to go select photos for tomorrow's post. You have some lovely photos on here and your header shot is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Rebecca - I just found your blog today. I loved your Rainbow idea, so I added a post of my own. Thanks for the idea - I needed an excuse to look at pretty colors on this dreary day!

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  25. Hi Gardeness, Welcome to my little blog! Thanks for the lovely compliment, I really appreciate it and look forward to your post! :)

    Hi Cherry Lane, I'm so glad you found my blog, a warm welcome to you! Your post is wonderful and I added it to my list. Thanks so much. :)

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  26. Hi Rebecca! I found you through Liisa in Vermont's site. I love your idea and I did have fun looking though images to put together my post. Wishing you many many rainbow days!! ;>)) Carol http://flowerhillfarm.blogspot.com/ Now I will go visit your links and enjoy all the other rainbows!

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  27. This is lovely Rebecca! Its a great idea whether it is cold or stinking hot, as it is in Australia at the moment. Rainbows brighten everyone's day :-)

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  28. Hi Carol, thanks so much for stopping by and for your beautiful contrubution! It's truly amazing to see everyone's beautiful array of colours and choices of pictures. I had no idea that this would generate so many great posts, I'm so thrilled & flattered. :) Rebecca

    Hi Karly, Welcome & thanks for posting. Very interesting perspective, since we're in the throws of winter the rainbow pictures seem to give off a feeling of warmth, but I can also see how they would give off a feeling of cool & refreshing since they are associated with rain. Regardless, they are always special. ~Rebecca

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  29. What a great idea Rebecca and so cheering to see flowers at this time of year. I will try and put a post together later in the week but have a feeling that my rainbow might be top heavy - reds, yellows and oranges are in very short supply in my garden :)

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  30. There is nothing so uplifting that looking at summer photos. I'll search through mine and let you know when I post.

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  31. Hi Anna, Thanks for your kind words! Don't worry about your rainbow being top heavy, everyone's garden has a different colour distribution.

    Hi Crafty, Thanks so much for your great contribution! I really appreciate your visit and your post. :) Rebecca

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  32. Hi Rebecca, I got my rainbow posted this morning. Here's the link: http://jeansgarden.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/a-garden-rainbow/ -Jean

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  33. What a WONDERFUL idea Rebecca! I'm more than happy to play along. Here's a link to my post:

    A Portion of the Rainbow I Have Clutched

    Thanks so much for putting the invitation out there!

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  34. Wonderful blog! I found your site through Jodi DeLong's 'Bloomingwriter' blog :) I'll definitely be back to read more.

    Your rainbow was beautiful, I'm inspired to create on myself :D

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  35. Rebecca, I found your blog through A Gardener in Progress. I was also inspired to do this. My rainbows from the garden can be found at http:beyondthegardengate-beth.blogspot.com

    Surely spring cannot be too far off for us gardeners!

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  36. Hi Jean, thank you for your wonderful contribution, I really enjoyed your interpretation of the rainbow.

    Hi Kylee, welcome to my blog!! I'm so glad you found it and decided to play along. Thanks so much for your great post! :)

    Hi Kyna, Thanks for finding my little blog. It's funny how we stumble around here and there through blogs we follow. It's such a great community of gardneners & enthusiasts. :)

    Hi Beth, Welcome and thanks so much for finding my blog & participating in my little challenge. I truly hope spring isn't too far off, but we did just get a bunch more snow, so it's back to feeling like winter. The mid January thaw had us fooled for a while, but reality has set in again.

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  37. I've added my garden rainbow to the mix. You can see it here: http://wp.me/p2bM3-1bi A great idea to bring to colour to these drab winter days. :)

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  38. Hi Nancy, Thanks so much for letting me know, your post is beautiful and I'll add it to my list right away. :) Rebecca

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  39. Hi Rebecca,
    I put up a post here. This was a great idea for a wintertime meme!

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  40. Hi Sweetbay, Thanks so much for accepting my invitation, your post is wonderful! :)

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  41. Rebecca, I've been seeing these posts everywhere...what a lovely idea! I have just started looking around the blogging world at posts after not reading them for some time. Sorry I missed this...but if I find time to do one, I'll let you know;-)

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  42. I've just posted my not quite a rainbow Rebecca. Thanks for the fun :)

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  43. Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. I can't believe how many rainbow posts this has generated, I'm quite shocked and very flattered. I thought maybe one or 2 people would accept the invitation lol.

    Hi Anna, Thanks for letting me know, I'll head straight over to have a look. I really appreciate your participation! :)

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  44. Hi Rebecca, This is a Great Idea. I've been rather involved in a few family-related episodes right now... suppose I could do this later?? :-)

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  45. Hi Shady, Thanks for your great comment, of course you could to it later, there's no expiration date ;).

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  46. Wonderful series of Rainbow posts linked here that you inspired. Your own pictures are beautiful, to brighten midwinter.

    I went out yesterday to see if I could find a rainbow in my own garden. Here are the results:
    Colors of Winter, Promise of Spring

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  47. Hi, Rebecca ~ I just added a rainbow post on my gardening blog: http://goawayimgardening.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for a great invitation for this time of year! I am glad I found your blog. :)

    ~Amy

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  48. Hi Nell Jean, I really like your interpretation, it hadn't occured to me that the invitation could sprout a post of current pics (quite narrow minded, but when you're under snow cover it's hard to imagine anything blooming anywhere lol). Thanks so much for your participation, it's very much appreciated.

    Hi Amy, Thanks so much for your great post! So many of your pictures are new to me and it's always a pleasure to meet new plants. I'm flattered that you chose to participate! :) Rebecca

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  49. This is such a great idea. I am enjoying checking out all the posts. It does make the winter more tolerable.

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  50. Hi Rebecca, I'd say your Rainbow Meme idea is a runaway success! :-) My post will be up on Wednesday, February 3. Thanks for a great idea!

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  51. Finally some much needed colour after a dull cold winter, doesn't it just warm the cockles of your heart:)

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  52. Hi Rebecca, I love the yellows in your post. So bright and cheerful and your mix with purple is beautiful.

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  53. Hi Shady, I look forward to your post! I'm really amazed by the response to this post, I thought if I was lucky, a couple of people might participate.

    Hi & Welcome Stone Art, I agree about the non warm cockles. I am eagerly awaiting spring. :)

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  54. Hi Rebecca, this turned out to be a successful garden blogging project I'd say! How fun;-) I finally posted mine, and tied it in to Garden Bloggers Muse Day, which is today. Thanks! Jan

    http://thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/2010/02/rainbow-in-february-for-muse-day.html

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  55. I have enjoyed seeing the splashes of rainbow color from different blogs.

    I've enjoyed looking through your blog and have added you to my follow list!

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  56. Hi Jan, I'm so very flattered that so many wonderful bloggers have accepted my invitation, thank you for your wonderful post!

    Hi Robin & Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for adding me to your list, I'm glad you found me. I have also enjoyed everyones post immensely. :)

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  57. Rebecca, what a wonderfully fun idea. I finally got my contribution together. It can be found here:
    http://tammyinwv.blogspot.com/2010/02/rainbow-invitation.html

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  58. Kermit the frog was right...rainbows have nothing to hide. Such a great post and amazing feedback. Fun photos!
    Rosey

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  59. Hi Tammy, Thanks so much for your wonderful post, I'll add it to my list right away!

    Hi Rosey, I love the Kermit song, it's beautiful. Thanks for the great comments.

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  60. Hi Rebecca,
    I have just finished my Rainbow post. Hopefully if you click on my name it will take you to it.

    Thanks for the fun. Now I must look at all of the other rainbows.

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  61. Hi bloominrs, thank you so much for participating, your post is lovely. Enjoy the other posts, they are all amazing. :) Rebecca

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  62. Rebecca,
    Thanks again for visiting my blog and sharing a laugh with me. I realized I forgot indigo, so added it. I'm enjoying all of the other rainbows too.

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  63. Ugh, trying to get rid of a spam message, but the little trash can thing won't show up! I'm hoping that by posting this, I'll be able to delete the aforementioned. (?)

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  64. Yup spam is gone. Have just added my rainbow http://elephantseyegarden.blogspot.com/2010/02/floods-and-rainbow.html Thanks for starting a great meme.

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  65. Hi Diana, Thank you so much for your participation, I'm very flattered. I'll add you to the list and visit your blog right away. :)

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  66. Hi Rebecca,
    not sure what happened--i commented a few days ago but it's not here? oh well! Just wanted to share my rainbow from back in Oct during our rainy season: i was feeling the same that you are now! http://gringaenparaiso.blogspot.com/2009/10/garden-rainbow.html

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  67. So I'm still learning how the blogosphere works lol. As I commented before I was inspired to make a rainbow from your post. Even though I mentioned it was your idea, and posted a link to your blog (to make sure I gave you all the credit), I didn't know that I was supposed to comment back on your page again with a link to my rainbow post lol. Diana from "Elephant's Eye" pointed that out to me (and about your list), so I thought I'd come back and post my link (a little late) lol.

    http://crystalcoastgardener.blogspot.com/2010/01/paging-dr-biv-dr-roy-g-biv.html

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  68. Hi Liz, Welcome, and thanks for letting me know about your beautiful post. I see that great minds think alike lol! Not sure what happened to your post, I've lost a few recently too. I'll be sure to add you to the list. :) Rebecca

    Hi Kyna, Thanks so much for sending me a link to your lovely post! I'm sorry I missed it the first time. Don't worry, there aren't any wrongs, I'm new too and don't always 'get it'.

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  69. This is a fun and cheerful meme, my first post if up

    http://caribbeangarden.blogspot.com/2010/02/valentine-red.html

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  70. Hi Nicole & Welcome, thanks so much for letting me know about your post, I really appreciate your participation! :)

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  71. I love all your images of those beautiful
    flowers. they are simply stunning to look at.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Aanee xxx,
    Flowers Dublin

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