Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mellow Yellow

When you live in a place where there are gray skies nine months out of the year, yellow is just the color to perk thinks up. It's a cheerful accent that combines with any color. I enjoy it so much our house is a (now faded) shade of happy. And all throughout the garden you'll find yellow tones ranging from the riches hues of gold to mellower buttery yellows. This Iris 'White Wedgewood' is a good example of how yellow can add a bit of pizazz. The only flaw is that out of 10 bulbs I planted only two have emerged. Harrumph!

Marigolds are a staple in my garden. I believe these are 'Safari Red,' another fun little spin on yellow to brighten up the garden as we transition from spring to summer.  Marigolds are great little annuals for the long lasting blooms and ability to repel many pests. I especially plant them around the veggie beds, but this year have spread them around the back garden to draw the little guy away from my more delicate plants. Marigolds can take quite a beating!

A few greenish-gold hues are now growing happily in the Arborvitae border. I think I may rename this the native border as it features many plants native to Washington, including Snowberry, Red Osier Dogwood, Bunchberry and flowering currant. It seems I'm forever taking photos midday, when the little guy naps but unfortunately when sun tends to wash colors out. I'll need to add some bolder colors to this area as they work better in such lighting. Paler hues really pop in shade or the evening. So, what color is a mainstay in your garden?

Even our visitors are sporting a bit of yellow these days. This may be the culprit I've spotted streaking around the backyard. Still just a yellow blur but at least it's on camera. I'm leaning toward Yellow Warbler but would also consider Western Tanager. I'll need a better shot but perhaps trained eyes can identify our little friend.


Bren said...

I love how you show your garden growing. I use the marigolds under my tomato plants in the veggie garden. They not only add colors they help keep the bugs away from the heirloom tomato plants.

Can't wait to stop back again soon... Happy Gardening!

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Yellow is such a happy color. I love my yellow zinnias.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

My threadleaf coreopsis adds a nice bright yellow to the garden. Right now the color of the garden seems to be purple and lots of it.

Gardeness said...

Bren: I'm glad you're enjoying it! Sometimes I feel like change is sooo slow to come. It helps to have fresh eyes on the garden.

Debbi: I haven't added zinnias. Perhaps I should look into them?

Catherine: I picked up some coreopsis last week. They're just starting to bloom and fill in some of the holes. It ended up being a nice day, despite forecasts of afternoon rain!