We all have our favorite colors and you might think that yellow “the color of sunshine, peace, love and happiness” would be the choice of many, but not for the author of the article quoted below which comes from Dave’s Garden website. While scarlets, corals, indigos and magentas stimulate and excite Carrie Lamont yellow puts her to sleep.
I like color. No, I love color. Most colors stimulate and excite me, scarlets, corals, indigos and magentas. Unfortunately, yellow puts me to sleep.I know yellow is the color of sunshine, peace, love, happiness and all that, but I just don’t care for it. There’s just too much of it and it’s EVERYWHERE. Wikipedia says yellow is the most common color for flowers.
Practically the first flower to emerge out of snow and mud is the hated dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). Every late winter, enjoying the sea of little gold flowers, I mentally wonder what the world has against dandelions. And every year I remember soon enough, as we spend the year digging up tenacious dandelion roots and watching white puff-balls blow millions of fertile dandelion seeds everywhere.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) wrote about dandelions in 1888:
“Innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,
The spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful face”
Whitman thought dandelions were innocent? Most of us realize that they’re anything but. They have a scheme to take over your land via underground stolons. Beware!
In February, many people cut a few forsythia branches to “force” indoors. In March, when the first forsythia blooms burst forth from what used to look like dead sticks, it is indeed exciting, for a minute. But when my yard and every other yard on the block are full of forsythia, some healthy, vigorous and well-pruned and some languishing or pruned within a branch of their lives, forsythia seems awfully common. There are plenty of more unusual early spring bloomers.
When I say common, I mean in the sense of “average, ordinary, garden variety.” Dandelions are a common lawn weed and forsythia is a common attempt at landscaping an empty yard.
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