Category Archives: Color

The importance of choosing the right color , and the physiological effect it can have on us. How chroma therapy can affect our mental and physical well-being.

My house is me…

When you raise kids, you end up reading a bunch of kids’ books. While a few are inane, forgettable drivel, most serve you well, and do the trick for the time being. Still another few rise above the many, and teach … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with little girls and pink?

When I was a little girl, I absolutely ADORED pink. And purple. Had you asked me back then, I probably couldn’t have told you which one I liked best. Which, of course, makes me much alike the majority of other … Continue reading

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The female superpower – Tetrachromacy!

Remember that biology class you took way back when – the one on the anatomy of the eye? Where you learned about rods and cones? Okay, it’s probably all coming back to you now… Anyhow, most humans are trichromatic. This means their … Continue reading

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When white isn’t really white

I got a call from one of my subs… “It looks green”, he said, with not a small measure of panic in his voice. Calls like that are always unnerving, but over the years, I have learned to trust my … Continue reading

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Eggsactly what color is ‘eggplant’?

When you tell people you just recommended to someone they paint their house purple, you get some funny looks, communicating bemused disbelief. So, for the purpose of calming the waters, I have taken to circumventing my aversion of assigning names … Continue reading

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Going gaga over green flowers

The delight of the out-of-the-blue, sudden blossoming of one of my cacti a few weeks ago – for the first time in seven years! – carried with it another surprise… The flowers were green! How cool! Their obvious oddball appeal … Continue reading

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‘B’ is for Blue…

Can’t believe it is mid-August already! Along with the happily buzzing bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, my current garden favorites are the blues. It is such a magical color!  The dark blues are especially mesmerizing – they are almost electric. Dusk … Continue reading

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The birth of a monster – Allium shubertii

This past February, at a Portland garden show, I came across this gigantic seed head on display. It turned out to be an Allium shubertii, the like of which I had never seen before. The vendor was selling sprouting bulbs, … Continue reading

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Musings on Emerald – the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year

Few things are as subjective as color. It has been several months since Pantone released their “Color of the Year” for 2013 – Emerald. Still, I don’t see that bluish green swath of color relating much to the hue that … Continue reading

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Hooray – a rainy October day!

It’s raining!!! Now that may not seem as all that unique, but this was our first rain in several months. The soil in parts of my garden looks and feels like the Kalahari, and even the native plants look somewhat … Continue reading

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