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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Don't overpink it


Too late.

These photos are from the farm. They're all my fault, except the apple and crabapple trees, which were already there before we arrived.



Apparently I like pink (I'm sorry I ever teased you, Susan, over your love of pink). I didn't realize until I took these pics how girlie I am!

23 comments:

Ginnie said...

Girlie Ruth? HAHAHA. I love it. And I love the post's title after yesterday's. Awww. Variations on a theme. Your photos are absolutely wonderful. I love what you do and how you think. You know that, don't you!

Ruth said...

Ok, now I don't know why you're laughing! :)

Amy said...

There's just something about the color pink that just feels so feminine and "embracing". I just love it! Girlie girls unite! :-)

Ruth said...

Amy, yeah, I wonder what the intrinsic qualities of pink are. I've heard that rose represents love, so I think there's something to what you say. Like, what is the psychological effect of pink on the average person? And does it matter what form it's in?

Susan said...

My dear, dear Ruthie!

What gorgeous flowers!! WOW, and DOUBLE WOW!! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your "moment."

Thanks for calling my attention to your blog in your e-mail today.... I don't know where I've "been," but I did not know that you, also, have a blogspot! You, Boots, Shari, Paul, Nate....anyone else in our family have one??? Now that I know that, I will visit your site as frequently as I am able!

Did you know that a study was done a while back (who knows how long ago!!)....a certain prison painted all the cell blocks pink! Main reason: Pink is a soothing color, and creates calm within a person. The study showed that the inmates were actually kind to one another, courteous, etc., etc. Can you imagine!!!!

Since the moment Shari was born, and I started to receive pink "everything," it immediately became my favorite color...Yes!!

Thanks, again, for making sure I saw this! Love you lots, Susan

Rauf said...

Pink pastels are most pleasant Ruth, I don't know if there is any masculine colour. Ladies prefer pink, most of the beauty products are pink in colour. Pink is the colour of health 'in pink of health' ?? Pink is always very positive.

Lovely pictures Ruth.

Mei Shile said...

I love pink too! There was a time I was teased because most of my gears were pink, or it was their dominant colour. So, this is just great to see it blooming and blossoming everywhere in your farm

lesleyanne said...

you say that pink is such a 'girlie' color, but i think it's gained some sophistication in the last few years. it still holds its value as the ultimate 'baby' color [[especially going to showers recently]], but i love it nonetheless......so glad you love it too.

isn't it great to see men wearing pink too?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful flowers!

What is the fluffy, multi-petaled flower(the one right before the two tulip pictures)?

What are the names of the types of tulips that you have pictured in your garden? The pinks are absolutely amazing!

You must show more pictures of your flowers during the spring and summer. You look like you are a very good gardener.

Ruth said...

dear Susan, thank you for visiting and commenting! I don't know of anyone else who has a blog in the fam (you didn't mention Katy, but I know you know about hers :)).

I did not know about the study, but it does not surprise me. I am seriously interested in that and want to learn more about color therapy, art therapy, etc. Thanks for that insight.

Ruth said...

Rauf, thank you, I'm glad you like the photos. Hmm, masculine color? Here in the States we dress baby girls in pink and boys in blue, so I suppose we think of blue for boys. But I know when we lived in Istanbul, red was for girls, but I don't recall a boy color. Any particular colors for dressing babies in India? I believe colors generally have important significance there, representing certain things, more so than we're conscious of here.

Ruth said...

Thanks, Mei. Of course you like pink too! We have too much in common for me to be surprised. :)

Ruth said...

Les, yes, I do love to see men in pink. And I agree the color has gained in sophistication. Good point. I imagine it is partly because women have learned to accept femininity as part of their strength, and with that has come respect -- for femininity and for pink. And so, for men, they have come to accept their feminine side more, and are happy to wear pink also (at least some men). You know in Pasadena among our old friends, April 4 is still "pink shirt day" to commemorate Dad's birthday and the gift of a pink shirt he received back in the mid 1980s (when pink dress shirts for men became the rage, and the book "Real Men Do Eat Quiche" was a bestseller).

Ruth said...

Anonymous, thank you so much!

The pink fluffy flower is a tulip, believe it or not. I have the bulb packets at home (I think), and I will look them up for the names of the species. I'm glad you like them.

I want to be a good gardener. My husband and I love to spend time in the yard adding plants here and there, and with this amazing farm, we have a canvas to work with that never ends. The next thing this weekend: sunflower seeds! I think it is always a trick to let the land speak for itself and find ways to complement it, but not overpower it. Our farm was so beautiful when we first bought it, and in some ways I didn't want to change a thing. So I still think about that.

I hope you'll leave your name next time. :)

Kristen said...

Thanks for these pictures, Ruth! Not only are the flowers lovely, they give me a glimpse of spring, which is still weeks away for us Alaskan folk. Somehow the beauty left me feeling hopeful for what is yet to come.

As for the pink, I've decided that there is "good pink and bad pink." After two girls, I'm not all that fond of what I call fluffy, chintzy pink. But, there is definitely a "good" pink--like your flowers, for example, or a bright vibrant shirt. There does seem to be something inherently feminine about the color, though. Even Anna, almost three, has claimed repeatedly, "I LOVE pink."

Ruth said...

Wow, weeks away, Kristen? Hard to imagine. This pink thing is fascinating. Anna at such a young age already knows she loves this color. Is it inate? I'm guessing Josh doesn't love it?

dreamwalker said...

I do love the pink in your pictures...the flowers are beautiful!

I have to admit to not being a pink person though :) I know the colour suits me (my colour chart), but I am not 'girlie' in the least and refuse to wear it.

Ruth said...

DW, :)

Susan/Aunt Susan said...

Lesley -- I hope you'll read this:

I'm sorry you weren't able to attend our wedding last Oct., but did your mom tell you that the men wore pink ties???? Uncle Rodger's was striped with various shades of pink, and the groomsmen wore solid lt. pink....we thought it was striking, especially against their black suits, and the black dresses that the women wore. It was such a "happy" color for the men, I think!

I happen to like any shade of pink, any time....yes!

Love you, Aunt Susan

Kristen said...

Yes, Aunt Ruth, weeks away. We woke up to snow this morning. There's actually a few flowers starting to come in our yard--by the end of May/early June flowers are in full bloom around here.

Your other question brings up the whole "nature vs. nurture" idea, which we probably don't have time to discuss. However, based on my limited experience, I do think a lot of it is inherent. For example, at age 8 months Anna started reaching into her drawers to drape clothes over her and at that same age Josh would take anything he could find and make car noises with it. And, no, he doesn't like pink. Mmmm, a discussion for another time maybe.

Ruth said...

Imagine, still getting snow. But I've been in northern Michigan in June when it snowed, so there you go. Then we see those photos of flower baskets hanging from lampposts in Alaska in July with flowers touching the ground. Round the clock sun then!

Yep, I think nature provides inherent traits of masculinity and feminity.

Barns of Ohio said...

I simply LOVE your pictures...the flower in the vase is my favorite..the background looks like a nice place too.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Barns! I think you'd like our barn, but it needs some structural help. Worth saving though, it's 100 years old and happens to be green.