blue pink

y'all know by now I have one of those things that people have (you know those things that people have?) about sky blue pink well, I also have one of those things that people have (you do know what I'm talking about, don't you?) (cos it won't make much sense if you don't!) (what's your "thing"?) about things that should be blue, but are in fact pink. . .

. . .like pink bluebells
. . . and pink forget-me-nots
(and I was going to write about this before
Dave kindly shared his forget-me-nots with us today!)
and just recently I've also been noticing the variation in shades of lilac:
(sadly I didn't take any of those photos - I wish I had been able to)

and the lilac reminded me about hydrangeas (which I find a little like camelias) (as in, I don't know what all the fuss is about) which I always thought had blue flowers in acidic soil and pink or purple in alkaline soil*. . . so how does one account for the following:

there we go!

(*it's a little like litmus paper, in that respect, altho neutral litmus in solution turns red in acidic conditions and blue under alkaline, so in fact totally the opposite) (did you know that litmus is a water-soluble mixture of different dyes extracted from lichens? you do now)


Dave said...

I do indeed know now. How long do you think I'll remember?

Vicus Scurra said...

Informative as always.
I wonder how Christopher can be so forward as to refer to you as 'Jax'?

Mel said...

Oh how pretty are those lilacs!

I'll admit I've never been too fond of those big flower balls that other people thought were 'all that'. And although I like the flower of the lilac, I don't much care for the bush just sitting there the rest of the summer. I mean, if they can change the colours can't they come up with a way to have flowers all summer long?

I'm demanding--what can I say?! ;-)

Oh! Good afternoon (almost!)

Christopher said...

That Vix, eh? (Of course, in imaginary conversations, reminiscent of those almost playlet-length dialogues that used to be attached to Victorian cartoons, I address him as 'Sir' and I scarcely mind who knows it.)