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Never mind the colour

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When OH and I were in the garden together today, obviously in between the football matches, he commented on the different shades of green on shrubs and plants. He, being colour-blind, which was always a worry when he used to referee, sees the shape and form of plants probably more than I do.
I always seem to be thinking of the colour to come, and this prompted me to walk around the garden with my camera, trying to see things from his point of view. It also meant I was away from the England match !

I have been surprised at what attractive foliage some plants have, before the colourful blooms appear, and now think I take it for granted more than I should. Here’s what I mean, look at it through his eyes . . . . .

This Ivy and Clematis ’ Bill MacKenzie ’ are side-by-side against a fence, 2 buds on’ Bill ’

This is ’ His ’ Acer as it’s a gift from our son and the Hollyhock is a favourite of his too

Poppy and Honeysuckle, very different colour and form to each other

Privet and Potentilla at the start of the blue and yellow border, his favourite area as sees both colours easily

Not too different in shape, but quite different in colour


An Ivy-leaf Geranium close to a Grapevine

It’s been a good lesson for me, studying the whole plant and not just the colour of the flower. Mind you, I can’t wait for the bright yellow of Bill MacKenzie clematis to pop open, he’s just at this stage right now.

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nice pics :o)

27 Jun, 2010

 

there are some lovely shapes and shades too. Its no fun being colour blind, people just dont understand it.

27 Jun, 2010

 

I can't imagine being colour blind, so it's nice to see that your hubby still gets a lot of pleasure from your garden despite this.

27 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks everyone, he never sees red, so that's berries and Poppies out of sight, and often thinks brown shades are red. The times I've said " oh, look at that field of Poppies "but he sees nothing !

27 Jun, 2010

 

It is a shame about your husband being colour blind but nice to see the garden as he sees it.

28 Jun, 2010

 

Yes, indeed, takes on a different perspective through his eyes. : o ))

28 Jun, 2010

 

I think greens are lovely colours and they're the most common ones aswell.

28 Jun, 2010

 

I agree with you, Hywel. Another beautiful sunny day here. : o ))

28 Jun, 2010

 

And here :o). But we could do with a bit of rain. The soil is like dust in my garden.

28 Jun, 2010

 

i cant imagine not seeing the colours either..... nic eto see the garden from his view...

28 Jun, 2010

 

What an interesting blog - I'm sorry that Mr. Tulip can't see colours, but if he can see those shapes and distinguish leaves one from t'other, it must be as you've shown us for him. Thanks, Shirley.

28 Jun, 2010

 

Even the bright red or orange berries on Pyracanthas are just a shape to him !
He learned of his colour blindness when he left school to train as a cartographer, can you imagine trying to make maps with that disability, we'd never reach our destination!

28 Jun, 2010

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