Back at my old place I planted gardens out front by the house and also under the oak trees. I love flowers, and while the southern tropical climate is brutal on most familiar flowers of the rest of the country, I could still get away with strategic spots for some old favorites. Some of my favorites I had for years were my JFK Peace rose, “Joseph’s Coat” rose (started off a brilliant red, then turned orange, then faded yellow as the flower aged) , red geraniums, my blue wave petunias and my bright yellow 4 O’clocks.
I’ve always loved colorful gardens, and always wanted to have a professional looking landscape of continuous color, but I never quite achieved that back at the swamp. Yet year after year having my new starts of annuals, mixed with spreading perennials I was able to at least get our garden looking fairly patriotic every year with a red, white and blue theme, with the touch of yellow to “wait” for our deployed troops to come home.
So what do flowers have to do with our troops anyway? Well, colors have meanings- and while we post RED Fridays to remember everyone deployed, its always interesting to think about why we use different colors to mean something special.
Red for instance is the color of blood and is usually associated with war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Our troops go into danger with a determination out of love and passion for our country and for those they leave behind, they are strong and faithful to our nation and to each other. It also indicates courage and is an emotionally intense color, which could explain why so many national flags and symbols include the color red.
Yellow is the color of sunshine and is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter and in medieval times it indicated honor and loyalty but in modern times it’s been a color that’s internationally renowned for troops deployed and people that were away from home, either missing or taken hostage.
Blue is the color of the sky and sea and associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity and in our flag, it symbolizes vigilance, perseverance and justice.
White is associated with light, faith, goodness, innocence, peace and purity and is considered to be the color of perfection. In fact white light is made up of all the colors of the rainbow.
We wear Red on Fridays, but in essence we have a colorful heritage of which our military has proved courageous, loyal, vigilant and in the words of General MacArthur,
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
And, now for some music. There is a method to my madness, and I think folks know my madness (butterfly thinking) enough to figure it out….
God Bless our Troops.
Have a blessed Day all.