Re-post: I never saw a purple cow…

1 02 2014

Originally published on 2.11.2009

As promised, I present the color purple!

Purple was the favorite color of Egypt’s Cleopatra, and while the color is traditionally associated with royalty in many cultures, it is the color of mourning for widows in Thailand. It is also a color associated with wisdom and spirituality.

No matter the symbolism, it is a color that is abundant in my garden. I particularly like mixing it with bright yellow and green. One of my favorite purple + green combos is in the collage below—the purple iris against a backdrop of lime green groundcover (Creeping Jenny, perhaps?).

Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess
I never saw a purple cow
I hope I never see one;
But I can tell you anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

I also found “purple cow parodies” online and there are some funny ones—based on the works of Poe, Dickinson, Keats, Wordsworth and Kipling. Check them out here.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.




2 responses

1 02 2014
Betty Londergan

Wowsa!!! I love purple in the natural world, and you just made my day! My favorite was the violet dahlia — spectacular!!!

16 02 2014


I hope you will produce a small book of purple flowers especially for hospitals. I find the colors and shapes memorizing and healing. Would love to have a few small books on hand to give to sick friends. The photographs are stunning.

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