Monday, July 27, 2009

Impatiens on LSD!

It was just starting to drizzle (thank God) as I walked down Lake Shore Drive. The choppy lake to my left, a string of high-end hotels to my right.

While meandering downtown several days ago I spotted a series of colorful planters. Impatiens. Clusters and clusters of impatiens waiting........patiently! (lame pun)

The main thing that attracted me to these was the bright colors. I love the combination of orange-reds with pinkish-purples.

Reds and purples and greens oh my!

Here's a shot (above) of the impatiens all neatly lined up in their concrete containers. Look how they 'pop' against all that surrounding gray! Ooohhhhh!

Now I might have to do a painting with that color combination after seeing this.

Just wanted to share an unexpected burst of color with you all!


naturgesetz said...

The colors are very striking. The gray surroundings my be sort of like a border or a frame, but in real life it's unfortunate to have something quite so drab and rectilinear. But the flowers certainly improve the situation.

And "on LSD" is clever!

Meeko Fabulous said...

Great shots Dean! I'm gonna sound weird, but there's something about the beauty and color of flowers that just make my heart sing! :)

Mona Diane Conner said...

Gorgeous pictures. I've never seen impatiens so overflowing.

Dolores said...

I have always liked grey. The green bursts are quite nice too.

Tracey Clarke said...

Beautiful...let's see that impatiens painting!

Manon said...

Ya.... I do love this color combo! Nature has the most magnificent colors!

Meeko Fabulous said...

btw, mentioning your blog in my post today. :)

Dean Grey said...


I know what you mean about the drab containers. I think if the hotel had planters overflowing EVERYWHERE that would improve things even more.

P.S.: glad you noticed the play on this post's title.



Not weird at all! Sing to your hearts content!

BTW, thanks for the mention on your blog!






I like "Grey" too for some unknown, subconscious reason. Hmmmmmm..........what could it be about the color "Grey"????? *(~_^)



My, you are demanding! LOL

I wasn't necessarily planning on doing a painting of impatiens but rather do a piece that has that color scheme in it.



I agree!


Thanks to you all for chiming in!!


Carolina said...

Really lovely... thanks for sharing :)

MartininBroda said...

Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see the painting, good luck, colours can really cheer up a mind.

Wendy said...

Wow, this is amazing! I've seen rows of impatiens that are lush like this but nothing as impressive as this!

Unknown said...

Wow! Those colors are quite amazing even in a photo.

Gwen Bell said...

Groovy, man! Psychedelic!

Dean Grey said...


Thanks for looking!



Colors can do wonders, can't they?



I agree, the containers were packed with healthy blooms. It's hard NOT to notice when walking by.


Jeve (John and Steve)!

Yes, they are great, aren't they?





Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love impatiens and the color combo I love the MOST are these two plus a lighter, hot pink! I have them in 2 planters outside my (purple) back door, and they cheer me every time I see them. I think a painting is definitely in order with this combo!

Unknown said...

Ha ha ha! That title is funny! Those are beautiful impatiens!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Dean,you are right, the piece of lace (whose blog post you commented on) was once a part of a garment and it is too delicate to wear now.
I'd like to answer your very good question about why it's not attached to the original garment. The answer lies in the construction of tatted lace, itself. You see tatting is a very hardy lace. At any given point (except the picots) you've got 3 to 4 layers of thread over itself. This makes it very durable and hardy. What happens is that very often the tatted lace outlasts the garment it was attached to. As you can see, the lace has some gaps in it (only where the picots were tied together) and it's age is showing. The original garment has most likely long disintegrated quite literally into dust. Many antique handmade laces are removed from their original, crumbling garments to preserve their integrity. When it comes to antique linens, lace is one of the few things that maintains (or increases) it's value after being removed from it's original garment. Lace can be framed or attached to something new!

Dean Grey said...


Yay, for bright colors! I bet the purple back door looks awesome!



Thanks for the detailed info on the tatted collar. It's a work of art in its own right!


I appreciate hearing from you two ladies!


Doomed But Cheerful! said...

I also love these flowers, so abundant and colourful. I know them as 'Busy Lizzies' which seems to be a little softer than their Latin name! And indeed, they are eye-poppingly colourful!
G =]

Dean Grey said...

Doomed But Cheerful!

I never heard the nickname "Busy Lizzies" for impatiens before!

Who knew?