Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras Colors....Purple, Gold, & Green..Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler=Let The Good Times Roll

Today is Mardi Gras Day but I could not go to New Orleans this year for the biggest street party in America as I usually do. However, the spirit of "Laissez les bons temps rouler"="Let The Good Times Roll" is always in my spirit. The 3 primary colors of Mardi Gras are purple for JUSTICE, gold for POWER, and green for FAITH. Rex, the King of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, selected these colors back in 1872 and they have been used ever since then. Trivia: Later Louisiana State University adopted the purple and gold of Mardi Gras for their colors, and Tulane in NOLA selected the remaining green then added blue. For Mardi Gras season I love these 3 colors, but they cannot compare to the beautiful red and blue of Ole Miss the rest of the year.


jodi said...

My three favourite colours...and pansies make me so very happy! These bursts of colour in your posts are terrific.

Anonymous said...

Happy Mardi Gras, Jon! Your flowers are beautiful and apt for the occasion. May the good times always roll for you. :)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Happy Mardi Gras! What brilliant colors to welcome a cold day.Love the yellow.

Philip Bewley said...

Happy Mardi gras! I had not know this about the colors. Now I can see this is in a crazy mardi gras hat we have! Ah HA!

Jean said...

Thanks for the info on the colors. Happy Mardi Gras (a little late)!

Frances said...

Hi Jon, so sorry you couldn't go to the big party, but thanks for letting us know what the insiders know about the colors and such. Pansies are the perfect flower to illustrate the season too. Just beautiful!

sbuser said...

Love your new blog design.

And, about the Mardi Gras colors-- even nature is into Mardi Gras.

kate smudges said...

You were there in spirit, I'm sure! I hope things are going well and that your eyes are doing okay. I didn't know what the Mardi Gras colours stood for ~ now I do!!

Barbara said...

Again I've learnt something new...this time about Mardi Gras and its colour. Thank you for this information.
It's wise to let the good time roll ;-) !!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Southern Lady said...

Just a note to say 'hello' and to check on you, Jon.

Hope all is well at your house.



racheld said...


Where art Thou, oh Purveyor of Purty Posies and sower of scrumptious words?

I MISS you!!


Aiyana said...

You haven't been around lately. Hope all is well.

Halcyon said...

I agree with you on the red and blue, although for me those colors symbolize the Kansas Jayhawks. :)

Meg French said...

I love those colors too!........but nothing really compares to the good old colors of War Eagle countries orange and blue!

racheld said...


I just wanted to say that you have a lot of friends here who are thinking of you every day, and hope you'll return soon.


Halcyon said...

Hope you are ok. I've been missing the pictures of your garden. I'm sure it's beautiful by now.

racheld said...

Just wanted you to know that your bright presence is really missed, and that I hope you'll feel like posting soon.

Be well, my Faraway Friend,


Janice Tracy said...

Congratulations, Jon! I am awarding you the "One Lovely Blog Award." Please visit my blog, Mississippi Memories at http://mymississippimemories.blogspot.com, for instructions on claiming your award.

racheld said...

Oh, Jon, Dear Jon,

We have no other way to let you know you're thought of often, and missed.

I hope you are strengthening, and will return soon.

I was just reflecting that I don't find it strange at all to miss an unmet friend. Be well, and know you are missed.

Jan said...

Just checking to see how things are going, and let you know I am thinking of you. It has been a long time since we have heard from you. Take care.

Always Growing

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Just stopped by to see if maybe I had somehow missed getting a post update.

I hope all is well with you and that you'll soon be posting about what is blooming in your Mississippi garden.

Southern Lady said...

Jon, just a note to say 'hello,' and let you know that I think of you often.

Your gracious words and beautiful pictures were like a little ray of sunshine, and I miss you, my friend.



Tara said...

Wow, I am glad I found your blog, I am moving to Mississippi this summer, and learned so much about the state from your blog. Thanks for sharing!

racheld said...

I'm trying not go into stalker-stage, so I refrain from keepin' on keepin' on with the posts to see if you're all right.

You KNOW I have to be everybody's Mama.

Just know that you're greatly missed, and when you're ready to come back, with the blooms and the birds and the beauty of your garden, you'll be welcomed with great joy.

Still we hope, still we hope.


Patricia Neely-Dorsey said...

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Patricia Neely Dorsey's Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems is "a true celebration of the south and things southern." The author states , "There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. In my book, using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. In my book I try to show that there is much is more to Mississippi and the south than all of the negatives usually portrayed .I invite readers to Meet Mississippi (and the south) Through Poetry ,Prose and The Written Word."

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Magnolia blossoms and dogwood trees,
Caterpillars on the step,
Wooden porches cleanly swept;
Watermelons on the vine,
Strong majestic Georgia pines;
Rocking chairs and front yard swings,
Junebugs flying on a string;
Turnip greens and hot cornbread,
Coleslaw and barbecue;
Fried okra, fried corn, fried green tomatoes,
Fried pies and pickles too.
There's ice cold tea that's syrupy sweet,
And cool, green grass beneath your feet;
Catfish nipping in the lake,
And fresh young boys on the make.
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And much, much more,
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Halcyon said...

Do you have a new blog now?

I hope you are doing well. I miss your flowers!

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Oops so many negative cannotations!!!
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