Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple



Etymology and definitions

The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek πορφύρα (porphura),[5] name of the Tyrian purple dyemanufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.[6][7]

The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in English was in the year AD 975.[8]

My early morning walk gave me a closed purple flower.

The sun was not up that high, they were still in the shade.

Right way up

The other critical ‘condition’ for successful planting is to put the bulb into the ground the right way up. The bulb shoot should be facing up and the roots down. With most bulbs this is easy to determine as they go in pointy side up. As with every rule, there are exceptions. In the case of bulbs the exceptions are anemones and ranunculus, two of the cheapest and most cheerful of spring-flowering bulbs to grow. Anemone and ranunculus have small, oddly shaped bulbs that are a little tricky to manage. Technically the small bulb on these plants is called a corm. Neither of these bulbous plants need a spell in the crisper before planting but they do grow best if replanted from fresh each autumn.

Anemone corms look like chocolate drops. They are planted pointy side down as the point is the root, not the growing tip. If you are in any doubt, plant the corm sideways. Ranunculus grow from claw-shaped corms. The claws are the roots and these go down into the soil.



9 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

  1. As one who plants bulbs, I’d love one of those bright red arrows on the odd little bulbs, the arrow text that says ~ this end up. Thanks for the timely reminder. Plus I just love that word, ranunculus 🙂

  2. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple « Mike Hardisty Photography

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