Purple Beauty

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe how full and lush everything is already outside. Purple is my favorite color and my gardens seem to be filled with purpleliciousness!

IMG_1959 I thought that I would celebrate all the purple loveliness by having lunch outside for the three of us! So, I gathered up some pretty purple dishes.

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Even if I didn’t like chives, I would still plant them because of the pretty chive blossoms!

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I think irises are almost regal because they shoot way above all the other flowers and stand proud!

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Aren’t these just the sweetest Hydrangea dishes from Farberware!

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Thyme has lots of pretty delicate pale purple flowers.

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Well will be having a very simple lunch.

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A little purple bird is peeking through to see what tasty morsels he might snatch from our plates!

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I am never disappointed in the beauty of purple.

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Do you know what this is? It is an herb. It is called Comfrey. It has the prettiest little purple flowers.

Comfrey (also comphrey) is an important herb in organic gardening. It is used as a fertilizer and also has many purported medicinal uses.

We have made Comfrey oil for years as a topical skin treatment

One of the most common uses of Comfrey extract is as a skin treatment. The plant contains the small organic molecule allantoin, which is thought to stimulate cell growth and repair while simultaneously depressing inflammation.

One of the country names for comfrey was ‘knitbone’, a reminder of its traditional use in healing bone fractures. Modern science confirms that comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments.

Please remember when you use any type of natural product, do your research and check out the known side effects before trying it.

Comfrey is also an amazing natural fertilizer!

Comfrey is a particularly valuable source of fertility to the organic gardener. It is very deep rooted and acts as a dynamic accumulator, mining a host of nutrients from the soil. These are then made available through its fast growing leaves (up to 4-5 pounds per plant per cut) which, lacking fibre, quickly break down to a thick black liquid. There is also no risk of nitrogen robbery when comfrey is dug into the soil as the C:N ratio of the leaves is lower than that of well-rotted compost. Comfrey is an excellent source of potassium, an essential plant nutrient needed for flower, seed and fruit production. Its leaves contain 2-3 times more potassium than farmyard manure, mined from deep in the subsoil, tapping into reserves that would not normally be available to plants.

There are several ways to use Comfrey as a fertilizer:

  • Comfrey as a compost activator - include comfrey in the compost heap to add nitrogen and help to heat the heap. Comfrey should not be added in quantity as it will quickly break down into a dark sludgy liquid that needs to be balanced with more fibrous, carbon rich material.
  • Comfrey liquid fertilizer - can be produced by either rotting leaves down in rainwater for 4–5 weeks to produce a ready to use 'comfrey tea', or by stacking dry leaves under a weight in a container with a hole in the base. When the leaves decompose a thick black comfrey concentrate is collected. This must be diluted at 15:1 before use.
  • Comfrey as a mulch or side dressing - a 2 inch layer of comfrey leaves placed around a crop will slowly break down and release plant nutrients; it is especially useful for crops that need extra potassium, such as fruit bearers but also reported to do well for potatoes. Comfrey can be slightly wilted before application optionally but either way, avoid using flowering stems as these can root.
    • Comfrey potting mixture - originally devised to utilize peat, now environmental awareness has led to a leaf mold-based alternative being adopted instead; two year old, well decayed leaf mold should be used, this will absorb the nutrient-rich liquid released by the decaying comfrey. In a black plastic sack alternate 3-4 inch layers of leaf mold and chopped comfrey leaves. Add a little dolomitic limestone to slightly raise pH. Leave for between 2–5 months depending on the season, checking that it does not dry out or become too wet. The mixture is ready when the comfrey leaves have rotted and are no longer visible. Use as a general potting compost, although it is too strong for seedlings

Source for all the above quoted information is: wikipedia

Not only can purple in your gardens be beautiful but, it can also be tasty, healing, useful and very economical! So, plant some purple!

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28 comments :

  1. I do love all your purple flowers. And I appreciate the bits of Herbal Info too. I never knew about comfry being a fertilizer before.

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  2. Love all your purple posies, Diann! The bird's nest centerpiece is very cute! Pretty dishes too. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. Beautiful pictures. I love them so vibrant yet calming.

    Cynthia

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  4. I love the chive blossom. I love their big brother alliums too but they are expensive bulbs and don't live long for me. Never grown comfrey!

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  5. I like all your purples. Your dishes are so pretty! Enjoy!

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  6. a very pretty post. I have just read a lot on comfrey. I plan on getting some this year.
    Cathy

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  7. Your purple flowers and vignettes are gorgeous! You are the Queen of Styling :) I'm hoping to join your party this week because we've had lots of great finds during this yard sale season! Hugs ~ Mary

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  8. Pretty and educational. You're amazing Diann. (You know... my favorite color is purple, so I just adore this...)

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  9. Beautiful and very informative too - wonderful post.

    DH now wants to plant Comfrey!!! He read this too!

    Thank you!

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  10. How beautiful your photos are! Love them all. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. So pretty and beautiful photos! I love purple it was my favorite color for a very long time. Now I lean towards blue but purple always catches my eye.

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  13. I am loving all the purple! Beautiful photos.....Comfrey is so pretty! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings My Friend,

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  14. Gorgeous post! I love the chive blossoms.

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  15. Those Farberware dishes are just soooo pretty! What great photos and wonderful info you've shared.

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  16. Your chives are stunning. I love purple and blue flowers in my garden. I must add chives. Thanks for the visit, olive

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  17. Beautiful -- I love purple. The photos of the flowers are just wonderful.

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  18. Love all of your purpleness!

    - The Tablescaper

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  19. Your setting is so beautiful. I would love having lunch in your purple patch. My chive blossoms are almost here and I can't wait for them to pop open. Also, loved the comfrey info. You know your stuff.

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  20. Beautiful Diann! I love purple and still have room so I need to plant chives, they're so pretty. Love your dishes too.

    Follow you, but visiting tonight from Let's Dish.

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  21. The dishes, flowers and outdoor setting is delightful. I sure was fascinated with that Comfrey oil. Interesting indeed. purple is my favorite color too.

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  22. I see I wasn't the only one with a purple table this week! Very pretty...love those chargers. I always enjoy the flowers and herbs you show.

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  23. Pretty in purple! Hydrangeas are a fave of mine! Pretty plates.
    Very interesting info. It also reminded me to buy chives for the garden!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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  24. I love purple as well. All the purple blossoms are so pretty. I didn't even know Farberware made china. It is gorgeous. Hugs,

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  25. Just LOVELY blooms! I also cannot get enough of purple in my gardens,thank you so much for sharing:) Deidre` http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  26. Excellent post Diann, can I come over for tea with all that lovely purple? I have 2 types of comfrey but haven't used it medicinally yet.
    Judith

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  27. Great post with a lovely selection of lilac-coloured flowers!

    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

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  28. I have a friend we call Purple Georgia because she's a crazy person who adores purple. Clothes, hair, accessories, flowers. We were wandering around her gardens and I noticed some pretty yellow blossoms amid the riot of purple. I mentioned what a great complementary color yellow is to purple as she marched toward the offending bloom and yanked it out of the ground.

    Love all your photos.

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