Purple Haze

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Hitchin Lavender Farm,  Hertfordshire,  July 2016

I’m looking forward to the new lavender season – Hitchin Lavender Farm will open its gates on 27 May 2017.

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A colourful note:  this colour is named simply after the violet flower, but has also long been linked with royalty and majesty. Roman emperors were known for their  purple togas; during the Middle Ages the colour was worn by bishops and university professors; and violet has often been used in art to depict the robes of the Virgin Mary.

Strictly speaking, purple and violet are different colours, with violet having its own wavelength on the spectrum of visible light, whilst purple is a combination of blue and red.  Interestingly, in Chinese art, purple shades are used to represent the harmony of the universe because of the combination of red and blue, or yin and yang.


Copyright Debbie Smyth, 23 March 2017

Posted as part of Color Your World

5 thoughts on “Purple Haze

  1. I grew up in Hitchin in a street that had been built on former lavender fields but, apart from small suburban lavender hedges like our own, never saw lavender growing round the town. It’s good to know that the local lavender industry has been revived. It’s a gorgeous photo.

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