Life in colour February, yellow : #1 : In the garden.

It was in anticipation that I waited for Jude to announce the colour for February. I was delighted when she chose yellow, one of my favourite colours. It shines with happiness and optimism. 

So this morning we went for a walk around the garden looking with fresh eyes for yellow.

I didn’t think there would be much as in our garden yellow is the colour of spring, with the garden aglow in marigolds, yellow daisies and various other flowers. But as the heat of summer arrives the spring abundance gives way to the tropical plants, mainly in vibrant shades of red.

So come with us and let’s see what we can find. yellow flowers feb 008_3888x5184

As I look around the back garden I notice the greeny, yellowish broms and yellow tips on the leaves in the right hand corner. Not a very yellowy start…

Previously I had a pot overflowing with Calibrachoa. But being an annual it finally had to be pulled out and put on the compost.

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So I have now planted another seedling and this tiny plant will eventually overflow the pot with glorious yellow. This is what it used to look like.

The tumeric plant has flowered and hidden under the flower, or are they the “bracts”, are these interesting looking parts with a yellow throat. I think this part is actually the flower.

Jack notices some yellow Alamanda over the fence in next doors garden. So he fetches the stepladder to climb up and take a photo.

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Look at this gorgeous, frilly Dragon Fruit flower, so beautiful, but the flower is only spectacularly open for 24 hours. Again with the splash yellow in its throat.

But look up… Duck…

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This spider has spun his web above the Dragon Fruit. I’m seeing yellow everywhere now. See his knobbly, yellow knees? Even his web has a yellow glint in the sunshine.

We’re on a roll now….

Look at the stamens in this strawberry flower. They look like paddle pops.

The centre of the waterlily is more orange, but it is tipped with yellow. Over the back of the pond a lone yellow flower, surrounded by its dead cousins, peeps out from the lemon grass.

On to the front garden now.

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The everlasting frangipani is a dazzling white that stands out so well against the dark, forest green leaves. But look closer…

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Yes, there it is again, a tiny spot of yellow.

Here are just a few more we spotted…

Well I think that is enough for now. Time to go in for breakfast. Yellow mango with yoghurt.

Take a look at Jude’s rules for this challenge, very simple, and the colour choice will be changing each month.

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  1. That’s the first time I have seen a turmeric flower, wonderful! I love using the spice though never thought of it as a garden plant. I love spotting yellow in a garden, and you had fun finding various shades of yellow. I must get myself organised and join in this month.

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  2. This was just lovely and I laughed at the image of Jack locating the ladder to take a photo:) I also really enjoyed the way you took us on your walk around the garden, spider included, and thought that this would be a great way to introduce colour to Little People in a children’s book. Simply delightful!


  3. I am smiling at the thought of you and Jack wandering around your garden looking for just one colour! Amazing how that focuses the mind. You found a lot despite your misgivings. That’s the first time I have seen a turmeric flower too and it is amazing. Do you dig up the roots then? I’m not at all show how it grows. And thinking of Jack fetching a ladder brought tears to my eyes! Be careful Jack! You’ve only just recovered from that shoulder injury! (But a lovely flower you got there). Thanks for a lovely wander with you both!

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  4. I smiled in recognition at next door’s Alamanda, I think you called it? I didn’t know the name but they appear here at this time of year too. Naughty Jack! 🙂 🙂 That Dragon Fruit flower is pretty spectacular and I always love frangipani. Happy February, Pauline!

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    • That alamanda is everywhere at this time of year. It sings of summer and sunshine. We don’t have one in our garden, but can share next doors over the fence. Love the Dragon Fruit to eat too.

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  5. Pauline you are so talented the way you can make the ordinary extraordinary.
    You made an interesting story about yellow in a garden lacking in yellow.
    I have a problem with seeing some shades of red and green but no problem with yellow,
    till I looked at the yellow knees of the spider 🕷. 😎

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