Spring Yellow

Since the beginning of spring I’ve been slowly getting more photos of yellow flowers or stems. I’m reserving most of the daffodil shots but I’ve put the rest of my yellows into this post. Forsythia has been in bloom since very early spring and the blooms seem to be more profuse on bushes that have been kept clipped. In Invercargill there are a few examples of clipped Forsythia hedges and they are very bright in spring!

Photos taken by Liz and Nigel, Gore and Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

Spring Yellow

Incredibly yellow, in-your-face daffodils at Gore Gardens on 15 Sept. – Liz


Well-clipped forsythia in bloom on a residential property, Gore 12 Sept. – Liz


Forsythia at Queens Park, Invercargill on 01 Sept. – Nigel


Colourful Cornus branches at Queens Park, Invercargill on 01 Sept. – Nigel


The same Forsythia and Cornus, both in the same photo. – Liz


Pussy Willow in flower by the pond at Queens Park, Invercargill on 01 Sept. – Liz



Text by Liz, Photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2018)

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  1. Oh, looking at your post, I realise I’m going to have to wait a long time before mine become a ‘host’ of daffodils. Those are so bright and cheery. Lovely Spring photos, Liz.

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  2. Sunny yellows, can’t help make us feel warm. I once didn’t like yellow in the garden, but I’ve mellowed (ha) and now love seeing it poking out through the pinks and reds and greens.

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    1. Its interesting to hear that… Nigel finds that quite a few women profess to not like yellow. I’ve suggested he ask them more about what yellow in particular, and where possible to call it “lemon” – who doesn’t like “lemon”?

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      1. Some yellows look washed out in our bright sun and tend to be bland and insipid. No point having that in the garden. Bright golden sunflowers and bold daffodils are always worth planting and I have a gorgeous lemon day lily.

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        1. Those are all lovely things. I’ve come across tree peony down here with yellow flowers, Nigel and I both love them. I noticed a few days ago in Gore Gardens that a young magnolia has lemon flowers but they were just emerging. Must check back on it!

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  3. Bright, cheery yellow is definitely a spring color, Liz, but a muted, faded yellow becomes an autumn color where I live as the leaves on the trees change colors before they fall from the trees. (Where I grew up in New England, the fall foliage was much brighter, with fiery reds and brilliant yellows, but here in Virginia, the tones are much more muted.)

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    1. I can only imagine that New England must have been a wonderful place to grow up in. In high school we had a film that showed spectacular New England scenery and it was accompanied by a narration of poems by Robert Frost including The Road Not Taken. It left a deep impression on me, of heavenly beauty and also how poetry expresses our human experience of living in such a wonderful world. It was particularly special because we did very little about poetry at school. Thanks for commenting Mike, I still love to think about that film!


      1. Thanks for your wonderful commentary, Liz. We had to memorize poetry when I was going to school and Robert Frost was a favorite. To this day I can still recite The Road Not Taken. I also sang an arrangement of that poem in a high school singing group a long time ago.

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