“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca
So here we are, the last color post for this year. And we saved the best for last, green. I do so love all shades of green. I have several rooms painted green in my house. I think I love green because I love spring and nature. Green is said to be very healing as well as balancing.
I have been growing lettuces and herbs all winter, but switched a few weeks back to annuals: violas, pansies, torenia, petunias and alyssum.
Marigolds, geraniums, herbs and later veggies will soon be sown as well. I also planted my cool season veggies outside last weekend. Peas, pole beans, radishes, lettuce, arugula, spinach, collards, endive, onions, beets, carrots, parsley, cilantro and chervil are tucked in with the garlic that is already 6-8 inches high. It has been downright hot here, but that will change this week with cooler and cold temps with a hard freeze predicted. I am worried about my lilacs and other plants flowering or budding. My veggies are protected under cover and like the cold.
I thought what better way to celebrate and explore green than to show off many of my native greens for Wildflower Wednesday with Gail at Clay and Limestone. This year Bloodroot and hepatica are blooming while Virginia bluebells and one trillium are leafing out. I will also be linking in with Christina@Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day (albeit a bit late).
The word green is related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”.
The human eye can see more shades of green than any other color. Because our eyes are most sensitive to green, it is the color used for night vision goggles.
Green is second only to blue as a favorite color.
Green is not a primary color, but it is considered one of the additive primary colors. It is a mix of blue and yellow. The complementary color to green is be red.
It is a mix of yellow and blue. Blue exudes calm and peace, while yellow radiates liveliness and high levels of energy. As a marriage between these two very different colors, green is a unifier of opposites, offering both the excitement of yellow and the tranquility of blue
Green is the color of nature. Green is said to have great healing power.
Green symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, peace, ecology and fertility. Green suggests safety, stability and endurance. Green is said to help alleviate depression and anxiety.
Green is closely associated with spring and summer which is why it is a symbol for birth and growth.
It is the most restful color for the human eye, and it can improve vision.
Green can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick.
In the United States, green is slang for money.
In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope.
In Ireland, green represents the green hills, and the patron saint, St. Patrick.
In Japan, green is the color of eternal life.
In Aztec culture, green was considered to be a royal color.
In China, jade represent virtue and beauty.
In Scotland, people used to wear green as a mark of honor.
Use green when advertising drugs and medical items because of its association with safety. It is also great for promoting ‘green’ products.
Emeralds are colored green because of their chromium content.
Animals such as frogs, lizards, and other reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, and birds, appear green because of layers of blue and green coloring on their skin.
Most of the green found in nature comes from chlorophyll.
Green was the favorite color of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
A green thumb (in the US) or green fingers (in the UK) means a great ability to make plants grow.
The message you send by driving a dark green car that is that you are traditional, trustworthy and well-balanced.
If you drive a bright yellow-green car you are trendy, whimsical and lively.
Green is one of the cooler colors in landscape design and it creates a
soothing feel to the garden.
Green plants visually recede into the background helping to make a small space appear larger.
Green’s complimentary color in the garden is red; red flowers stand out wonderfully against green.
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Dull, darker green is commonly associated with money, the financial world, banking, and Wall Street.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” ~Robert Fulghum
I hope you enjoyed Exploring Colors. You can read the other color posts here:
Next up on the blog: Wednesday will be my Word 4 Wednesday post as I join with Donna@Garden Walk Garden Talk. I’ll be updating my garden with Gardens Eye Verse on April 2nd. I am moving my Simply the Best series, that ties in with Diana@Elephant’s Eye, to the fourth Wednesday of the month to coincide with Wildflower Wednesday. As the season comes into bloom quickly and the veg garden must be planted, I am reducing my posts to 4 or 5 a month.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday. So drop by to check out all the blooms this Friday. Linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my weekly posts, every Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. Tomorrow I am posting about a surprise visitor.
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