Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

This week’s WordPress.com Photo Challenge is Purple.

Purple means something special to me – it was my mother’s favorite color. I can remember picking wild violets in our yard, bringing them in to her when I was small, proudly adding a splash of the color to her day. She especially liked deep purples, but she also loved lavender and lilacs. And she loved the purples of Scotland – the mountains, and the thistle tops, and the color of the heather on Scottish hillsides. And amethysts – amethysts were her favorite stone.

In England, her favorite place was Hampton Court Palace.  The favorite palace of Henry VIII, its gardens are fabulous, and laced with purple flowers.

As I walked outside this morning, I paused to take these shots of the delicate purple blossoms on one of my Rose of Sharon trees.  A gentle, comforting reminder of Mum.

That’s my purple haze.  To see what other bloggers posted for this challenge, click here.

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80 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

  1. Madhu says:

    What beautiful, calming shades of purple! Particularly the Wisteria and your Rose of Sharon!


  2. Touch2Touch says:

    We were in Hampton Court Palace in high summer, so the colors I remember were vibrant, almost strident, yellow and red and orange.
    Your photos are lovelier, and wisteria is simply wonderful.


  3. sued51 says:

    The wisteria is beautiful! Great pics!


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  5. lady Lianna Ellusive says:

    The second photo of Hampton Court is beautiful. That photo is my cup of tea:-)


  6. Hampton Court Palace was one of my favourite places too. I love the Wisteria photo you’ve put as your header. I wish we could grow it here, but sadly it’s yet another on the list Calgary’s not-a-chance-of-growing here plants.


    • 😉 Thanks for the nice comment – I have no idea how hardy wisteria is once it’s really rooted, but I can imagine Calgary is a little tough on some plants!


      • Calgary is ‘special’ in gardening terms because although we can be cold during the winter, we also get Chinooks where we can go from -20C to +10C in the space of two hours. In addition we don’t normally get tons of snow so there’s no insulation when that happens. We’ll suddenly lose perennials that we’ve had for years. This year I even lost an Iris – that was a first!


  7. Lisaman says:

    Love those hanging flowers!!! Beautiful!!


  8. Fantastic photoshot. You have an amazing collection of photos my friend. Beautiful memories as well 😀


  9. dadirri7 says:

    lovely photos, and your reminiscences go perfectly with the theme! thanks for your lovely comment on my purple sea snail 🙂


  10. amira says:

    lovely photos. purple sure is a nice colour 🙂


  11. LivE says:

    i love your story about picking wild violets for your mom – i did the same for my mom as a little girl, except they were yellow wildflowers. 🙂 beautiful take on the challenge!


  12. Inge says:

    Beautiful photos and memories! 🙂


  13. Very touching description of what these purple flowers mean to you.
    Your collection of images is so beautiful. I enjoyed looking at them.
    Great post for the challenge … well done.


  14. Thanks for sharing these photos and the connection with your mother.


  15. marina says:

    beautiful purples!


  16. cocoaupnorth says:

    Such a calm and serene colour purple is. Lovely, lovely pics and a beautiful post.


    • Thank you for that sweet comment. It is a calming color – and coincidentally, lavender is a calming scent – which I’ve always thought was nice – the color and the scent working together.


  17. danirachmat says:

    I’m captivated by the beauty of your pictures. The flowers are so beautiful.


  18. My Tropical Home says:

    Your pictures of purple are just beautiful. So calm and serene. Great selection you got here for this week’s theme.

    Warm regards,


  19. Angelia Sims says:

    Gorgeous blooms. Love the Rose of Sharon ones. I have only seen them in red and white. The purple is lovely. My mom always had big purple irises in the spring. Amazing how colors bring about precious memories. 🙂



  21. adinparadise says:

    It’s my mom’s favourite colour too. 😉 Beautiful photos. Love the wisteria.


  22. eof737 says:

    Fantastic. You have a wonderful range in the color too. 😉


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  25. elspethc says:

    Like the thoughts as well as the photos


  26. Shaanthz says:

    Love them all – so beautiful and perfect for the challenge.


  27. Amy says:

    Love the wisteria! The garden in Hampton Court was amazingly beautiful


  28. lolakojane says:

    And also, wanted to check which plug in you used for the “Like” for the blog? I have a self-hosted site too, and have had a few comments to add this feature, but the ones I saw had not been updated in a quite a while.


  29. lolakojane says:

    Lovely flowers, and I also like the beautiful wisteria, especially against the brick wall.


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  31. Lisa at fLVE says:

    Wow, that Hampton Court Palace’s garden is amazing. Love all those colors. Thanks for visiting my blog ealrier. 🙂


  32. Very delicate. Very nice. Soft. I’m starting to really like purple. 🙂


  33. Imelda says:

    Lovely gardens. I like the way you framed the garden with the cascading flowers. It is so charming.


  34. Pseu says:

    Nice selection.


  35. Madelaine says:

    That wisteria is gorgeous!


  36. fgassette says:

    You have given us some very beautiful purple images here. A beautiful slide show for the theme challenge.



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