Sunday, July 7, 2013

Blooming Shades of Blue

It is often said that color blue signifies the calmness of the sky and the coolness of the ocean, a soothing color in promoting mental and physical relaxation. 
Plumbago auriculata
The color is commonly used in corporate logos because it signifies loyalty, trust and responsibility.

In my work place, we use "code blue" to patients who needs immediate medical intervention or to patients who needs to be resuscitated. When their blood circulation is compromised, oxygen level in their body decreases, they turn cyanotic thus the term code "blue." When a person gets bruised, they turn black and blue caused by hematoma, a blood clot brought about by the trauma. Also, people who are color blind or has color deficiency has difficulty distinguishing between red and green. A color blue deficiency is very rare as this would be total color blindness.

Torenia fournieri
Purple wishbone flower or bluewings
Blue is also associated to being sad, sentimental and nostalgic, a longing for familiar things in the past. 


Stiletto ElsieXie said...

Interesting musings on the sentiments associated with 'blues' in this post.

I have a similiar bush in my garden which I have identified as Plumbago auriculata.

hardinars said...

@Stilleto yes, you are correct. It is Plumbago auriculata. Sorry for incorrectly identifying the plant. Honestly, the man from where I got the plant said it was Forget me not. When I googled it, it appears more like Phlox divaricata. Thank you for correctly id'ng the plant...

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

You are most welcome. I'm glad that you have verified the ID. I have this shrub for a long time. A shopping complex near where I live has lots of Plumbago planted in their flower boxes - they just spill over in a profusion of blooms.

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