Since green is my favourite colour, spring is my favourite season. Yesterday morning was sunny and beautiful, so we went for a long bike ride through the countryside. Along the way, I spent some time watching the countless hawks that were out hunting, and even played a bit of tag with one large hawk that kept landing on a telephone wire just ahead of me, then taking off, then looping back.
But as I cycled along, I most enjoyed gazing at the hills and fields with their infinite shades of green — from British Racing Green (dark, rich, and still my idea of the perfect colour for a sports car) to bright, light green to yellowish green. Beautiful.
For all that, it seems that the colour experts here in the Greater Daglan Area have pretty much decreed yellow to be this spring’s highlight colour. It’s everywhere, including our own flowerbeds. So for today’s posting, here is a visual tour:
At the Mairie. These bright yellow pansies are in a planter just outside our Mayor’s office:
In the countryside. Driving home this morning, after our aquagym session, we came across this field of canola (also called colza in France), brilliant in the late-morning sunshine. The field is actually in the Lot, a department that adjoins the Dordogne, and is just off the road between Salviac and Gourdon, near the turn-off for Dégagnac:
Here’s another, closer look at the same field of yellow flowers:
By the roadside. All along the roads in the GDA, you’ll find a variety of wild flowers. These were by the side of the road just outside Daglan, on the way to St. Cybranet:
And here is another cluster, growing by the side of the road at the entrance to the stade (proud home of the Daglan Rugby Club):
On the hillsides. A light carpet of yellow blooms lies on this hill, above the village of St. Pompon:
In a neighbour’s garden. In the garden of one of our neighbours, there’s this lovely yellow tulip, still managing to hold on to its petals:
Chez nous. Here at our place, we have been doing our bit for the colour yellow. For instance, one of the perennials beside our house is this variegated euonymus (a Yellow ‘N’ Gold, I believe) that includes some nice yellow highlights:
For the flower beds this year, we chose bright yellow marigolds, simply because they looked so cheerful, to replace the geraniums that had died off. Here are some of the marigolds, which I planted in a small corner at the front of our house, growing along with one of our young wisteria vines:
And here’s another look at some marigolds in the front of the house:
For a double whammy of yellow, here’s a smaller variegated euonymus that I recently planted (hoping to cover up the cables that lead from our satellite TV dishes into the house), with a marigold plant in front of it:
Finally, here’s a young forsythia that I bought earlier this year and planted while it was still covered in yellow blooms:
As you can see, the forsythia blooms are long gone. The good news is that the plant is growing vigorously, so by next February or March, it should be putting on a pretty good show of early-spring sunshine: mellow yellow. Stay tuned.