Spring colours — and all aspects of spring, as we said a few weeks ago — gladden the heart. But have you ever noticed that Spring flowers are mostly yellow and blue? Think daffodils, like those above, grape hyacinths, a drift of bluebells…
Spring colours: is white included?
If white is a colour — is it? — I suppose I should add white as well.
Snowdrops, after all, signify the end of winter and the coming, eventually, of Spring. And of course, much of the fruit blossom around us in April is essentially white. Like the wild cherry blossom shown right, glistening in the sunlight.
Hereford, where I live, is apple orchard country. We have acres of white blossom for a few weeks every Spring. Later, we have apples and our wonderful Hereford cider. Nothing more refreshing to drink on a hot day.
Spring colours to brighten the grey weather to come
Here in the UK, we had wonderful weather for the Easter weekend but, according to the forecast, this blog weekend will be be colder, wetter and a lot windier. That means at least some of the blossom won’t be around for long.
So, in a spirit of celebration of the Spring colours, and the short-lived fruit blossom, I thought I should share some of the glorious Spring colours we can enjoy just now. I’ll even try to find some that are not yellow or blue 🙂 though there aren’t many.
Starting with yellow, from the marsh marigolds (with white candelabra primula) set off by the acid green fresh leaves of the acer palmatum. The dome-shaped acer (Japanese maple) is shown more clearly in the picture on the right:
The marsh marigolds glow like little sunshine stars, especially when they’re turning towards bright sunlight. Sadly, that won’t be happening this weekend.
More blue too?
Graduating to blue and its near relations, purple, violet and lavender. Shown above is clematis alpina which is one of the earliest to flower. Shown below is a carpet of miniature phlox, in the palest of lavender blues. It doesn’t flower for long, but it’s gorgeous while it does.
Don’t forget the white…
And of course there’s lots more white too, especially on the trees.
Shown left is amelanchier canadensis, a fabulous tree for a small garden. It has spring blossom, summer berries (beloved of blackbirds that do acrobatics to grab them) and rich red autumn colour too.
But I’m still a great fan of the silvery whitebeam, as I said in our first Spring blog. Mine is now in its full glory. See for yourself the pale colour of the new leaves and flowers. You can see the whole tree again below, shining out like a silver beacon against the darker trees around it. There are marigolds in the pond in the foreground, but they’re outclassed, aren’t they?
Spring colours besides yellow, blue and white?
Right is a solitary fritillary that somehow seeded into the grass in my garden. It’s not really in the blue spectrum; more a reddish purple. There is however a yellow intruder. Of course there is!
Don’t you have dandelions in your garden too?
The flowers below are gorgeous but not exactly natives. They’re camellias, a species that originated in Asia. The pink one is Camellia x williamsii Debbie; the red one is also a Camellia x williamsii but sadly I’ve forgotten what the variety is called. (The x williamsii camellias have the great advantage that their flowers fall off by themselves when they’re spent. Unlike species camellias, they don’t turn into horrible brown mushy lumps on the bush that have to be picked off by hand.)
I hoped I’ve managed to cheer up this grey weekend with a little colour.
Taking the photos certainly made me smile.