Hello Yellow in My Garden

“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.” –Vincent Van Gogh

When I see yellow I am reminded of spring.  Of the daffodils in particular that pop up all over my garden and in my meadow.  I love the cheery face of yellow in spring, but my big daffodil bloom happens in April, not March.  Normally I see either early yellow snow crocus or winter aconite first in the spring garden.  This year it has been the aconite.  Only a few this past weekend.

But that should all be changing quite soon.  We had a fierce snow storm last Friday and it was cold Saturday.  Not much snow cover stayed because the ground is already warming in early March.  My pond thawed completely already in early March which doesn’t happen either.  Add to this the 60 plus degree weather all week and my garden is in fast forward.  The green leaves of bulbs are quickly sprouting up and I expect the  first daffs to bloom 3 weeks early, which is anytime now.  Fast forward to Wednesday and lots of iris reticulata, crocus and aconite in bloom.

Then there is the mass bird migration.  The Canada geese have been returning by the thousands.  I have never seen the skies so thick with them at different altitudes and sometimes in the middle of snow storms.  Lots of migratory birds are also returning and fully expect to see wrens and swallows in my garden any time soon.  Maybe even some hummers early as well.

geese moving

So in honor of GBBD@May Garden Dreams and Seepferds Garten, and to celebrate our early spring, let’s talk about yellow. They say that we react to yellow almost instantaneously.  We either like it or hate the hue of yellow we see. Many people don’t like yellow painted on their walls and it is tricky when wearing yellow since some hues can make you look pale or even sickly.  We love to see yellow in the garden especially in spring, but we rarely want to drive a yellow car.




The word “yellow” comes from the Old English geolu, or geolwe.

Yellow is said to produce a warming effect, makes us feel cheerful, stimulates our mental activity, and generates energy.

Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black. Designers also say it is best to put yellow near a dark color for example with light yellow which tends to disappear into white without the dark color.


spring yellows

Various Meanings

*Yellow is used to evoke pleasant feelings and encourages communication.  Yellow is the color of sunshine and is therefore associated with intellect, optimism and enlightenment.

*Use yellow around your office or home to help clear your mind, improve memory and decision making.

*If yellow is your favorite color you are a powerful thinker allowing  you to overcome great obstacles. You enjoy the finer things in life especially art.  You love to search for new ideas.

*When yellow is overused it is said to have a disturbing effect.  For instance, they have found that babies cry more in yellow rooms.

*In the English language, yellow has traditionally been associated with jaundice and cowardice.



In heraldry, yellow was first associated with honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow became one of  cowardice.

The Chinese hold the color yellow in high esteem more than anywhere else in the world. In China it was the color of emperors during both the Ming and Qing dynasty.

The legendary first emperor of China was known as the Yellow Emperor or Huangdi. Members of the imperial family of China at that time were the only ones allowed to display the color yellow

“Yellow” (“giallo”), in Italian also refers to crime stories. This was because in 1930 the first crime novels published in Italy had yellow covers.

Archeologists think that Native Americans may have been growing sunflowers as far back as 3000B.C.


Fun Facts

spring/fall yellows

*A yellow flag means quarantine.

*Yellow is often associated with food. Fruit comes to mind first for yellow foods; lemons and bananas.

*Yellow is very effective for attracting attention.  It should be used to highlight the most important elements of your design.

*Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter and the combination of yellow and black evokes a warning.  These are some of the reason in the US, taxicabs and school buses are painted yellow and black.

*Yellow is a good color for children’s products and items related to leisure.

*The message you send by driving a vehicle that you are joyful and young-at-heart. But if your car is a Yellow Gold you give an impression of intelligence, warmth and comfort.

*Yellow is a color used to denote “caution” which is why it is the second light on stop lights.

*Yellow has been associated with sensational journalism, or yellow journalism.

*Wear yellow to appear cheerful and uplifting.

*Yellow is considered a warm color in landscape design. In the garden it has a stimulating effect.  Yellow flowers pop in the landscape making a large garden appear a bit smaller or cozier.

*Yellow’s complimentary color in the garden is purple.

*The telephone directory was printed every year on yellow paper and thus became known as the “yellow pages”.



Shades of yellow can appear visually unappealing if they become dingy.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow  (Light yellow)is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

Gold stands for power. Shades of golden yellow offer a promise of a positive future.


1st daffs of 2011

It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character. Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression. With yellow the eye rejoices, the heart expands, the spirit is cheered and we immediately feel warmed. Many people feel an inclination to laugh when looking through a yellow glass. Johann von Goethe  Theory of Colors, 1840



Next up on the blog:   Monday is another Garden Book Review.  On Wednesday I will be revealing the Seasonal Celebrations in time for the change of seasons.  I hope you will decide to write a quick post and join in.  The last color post will be in two weeks;  green for Wildflower Wednesday.  Also don’t forget to join in with Beth@PlantPostings for her Garden Lessons Learned.

As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.  So drop by to check out all the blooms this Friday.  I will also be joining Katarina for her Blooming Friday meme where the theme is Signs of Spring.  Yellow is definitely a sign of spring for me.

I hope you will join me for my weekly posts, every Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.

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