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Discovering Violet

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Violet, the shortest visible wavelength of light is the least visible color, ideal for shadows, but challenging for the gardener.

From “A Gardener Comes to Terms with Violet":
You might believe the marriage of sexy red with faithful blue would create a perfectly harmonious color. But violet seems to me a more violent clash of bloody red and bruised blue, passive and aggressive. Vibrating in these two fields gives violet a visual nap, sumptuous as velvet, turbulent as unsettled seas. Of all the colors, it is the one that befuddles me the most.

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