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Shiloh's Peach Blossoms

Discussion in 'Battle of Shiloh / Pittsburg Landing' started by LoriAnn, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. LoriAnn

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    This is going to sound like a ridiculous question, but after an hour of searching online, I have no choice but to bug you fine folks.

    Regarding the story of peach blossom petals falling like snow during the battle, does anyone recall the color of the petals?

    Pale pink?
    White?

    I thought I remember Shelby Foote saying they were pink, and I believe I ran across one reference to that color online, but otherwise I haven't found much mention of it. The shower of petals, yes. But the color, no.

    I was hoping peach blossoms were pink across the board, which would then answer my question. However I saw sources that said the blossoms could be white (or nearly white because they are so very light pink), pink, and purple.

    I ask because I would like to design something with this in mind, but I don't want to design and stitch it, only to find out later that my color was way off. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. :thumbsup:

    (I've been staring at my computer screen for too long. My coffee mug is right next to my pin cushion, which is shaped like a little tea pot. Guess which one I picked up for a sip of coffee.)
     
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    Doing an online search shows the ones there now are definitely the pink variety, but of the ones there a century-and-a-half ago - who can say?!
     
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    I just pulled out my Ken Burns episode on Shiloh ~ pink blossoms, according to the narrator. But I don't think he was quoting anyone.

    I think I shall go with light pink until further notice. That problem semi-solved, now I have to figure out how to draw the darn things! :D
     
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    That part of the narration always gives me chills.
     
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    Yes. It's an image that has always stuck with me, and I think that's why I want to work with it a little bit.
     
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    I thought everything back then was black and white? At least from the pictures I've seen...:cautious:
     
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    I am not aware of a period account which mentions a specific color. Brig. Gen. W.H.L. Wallace wrote to his wife Ann on April 5 how the peach trees were in full bloom, "adding a touch of color and gentle fragrance to the atmosphere."
     
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    There are a lot of pictures of peach blossoms if you google peach blossoms. They are light pink, darker pink and to me a pink lavender color. They are very beautiful.

    Best to you in drawing them.
     
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    That is helpful! That kind of helps me lean in the pink direction.

    Thank you. :smile: I managed to sketch a few, but then stitching that isn't quite working out. I'll have to see if I can find another way to represent those pretty little blossoms.
     
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    Most peach trees I've seen have been of the pinkish hue as far as their blossoms...though according to this it seems it can vary...not sure there is a wrong answer here as long as they aren't blue or green :wink:

    And I discovered they're edible?? Anyone ever heard of that before? http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Peach_Blossoms_8767.php
     
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    Oh cool! I've seen rose petals in chocolate. Haven't eaten it yet, though I'm tempted. Also:


    "In China, the peach tree holds mystical properties thought to bring good luck, abundance, protection, fertility and affection. In Japan and China it is customary for brides to carry peach blossoms in her bouquet."

    Well, that's sweet. :happy: The more I read, the more I like them.
     
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    Peach Blossoms are used in food.. Peach Blossoms may be infused in tea. They are also used to make Peach Blossom Jelly.

    In book, "Edible & Medicinal Flowers" by Margaret Roberts, there are two recipes using Peach Blossoms. They are Springtime Peach Blossom Sundae and Peach Blossom Spring Fruit Salad.
     
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    Well, I might have to try them! :smile:
     
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    These are from Shiloh.

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    Those blossoms are beautiful.
     
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    Ah, nice! Your photos are always such a pleasure to look at.

    I wonder if those blossoms start out pale pink and then darken as they mature. There's another photo with very light, but seemingly brand new, pink blossoms here on the following site: RichardNilsen
     
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    I may be wrong, but it might be the variety.... or cling vs non cling. Here are some at Fredericksburg, TX...more like what I grew up with. peaches.png
     
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    Shilo. The peach orchard is in right middle ground. George Manse cabins at left. The 'you are here' marker is house on right.
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    I zoomed in. I still can't make out the color of those blossoms. :tongue:
     
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