|She’s a perfect poster girl for my post on yellow: the much-maligned Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’ (not, as is often written, ‘Stella d’Oro‘). This photo shows how effective she can be “when well used.”|
The day is grey. Grey, grey and more grey. Plus, it’s December. Naturally, this inspires me to begin a series about colour in the garden.
What could be more apropos than to begin with yellow, the colour of that missing sunshine? When people, by whom I mean gardeners, declare they don’t like yellow, it always surprises me. Don’t like yellow? Yellow? What’s not to like? Like poor old Stella de Oro daylilies, the plant that gardeners love to hate, it seems to me that the colour gets all the blame for the sins of the gardener.
We need a serious dose of sunshine, so I’m here to sing the praises of yellow. Think of it in all its variations, from the palest buff of fall grasses to the trumpet blasts of daffodils, from the bordering-on-greens to the tinged-with-reds. Yellow can be an accent or a complement. The blues of blue, f’rinstance, look just that much bluier when paired with yellow. It’s a simple law of physics.
So let’s have no more of that I hate yellow stuff, gardeners. First, hate is an emotion that doesn’t belong in the garden. Second, it’s shockingly limiting to cut yourself off from the full colour palette that nature provides us. Don’t hate; be brave enough to embrace your inner yellow.
Now, enjoy the pictures, and please come back to think colourful thoughts.
|Laburnum or golden chain tree can be a dramatic sight in late May or early June. This showy member of the immense legume family is a distant cousin of peas and beans. But please don’t eat it – all parts of the laburnum are poisonous.|
|Ginkgo, ginkgo, ginkgo. No, I’m not doing a bad Cary Grant impression, I’m reminding myself how to spell the word. It’s gink-go, not, as it is usually pronounced, ging-ko. By the way, the fall leaves are fabulous. Yes, that’s the technical term.|