Monday, March 25, 2013

Chartreuse - it's the color of Spring

Suddenly, there's so much new growth, and a lot of it is a bright, acid green. Here's a snapshot of my very green garden today.

Origanum vulgarum 'Aureum'.

Lysimachia nummilaria 'Aurea'.

Yucca rostrata has beautiful hints of chartreuse in its new central leaves, and a subtle edging of it along the older leaves.

Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'.

Asplenium trichomanes, acquired from Far Reaches Nursery on Plant Nerd Night. It has yet to find its perfect spot in the garden.

Of course, not all spring growth is chartreuse. Here's the fuzzy, silver strangeness of my oldest Syneilesis hybrid erupting out of the ground. I love this stage of Shredded Umbrella Plant.

Lots of new culms of Fargesia robusta promise increased privacy for us this year.

And what would spring be without a tulip? These bright, tiny species tulips (Tulipa dasystemon) remind me of sunny side up eggs.

It's the perfect hit of color to mix with chartreuse on a sunny spring day.


  1. I agree: while there are other colors here and there, yellow and chartreuse dominate Spring. It's OK by me.

  2. I just bought a couple of golden Oregano plants a couple of days ago. That bright color is hard to resist.

  3. I can't wait for my Lady's Mantle to bloom, tiny sprays of chartreuse that last a long time in a vase. The Yucca photos make interesting moving patterns if I scroll past them fast.;-)

  4. Lovely photos of the yucca! And your Syneilesis look so cute all grouped together like that. For some reason mine are all spaced out. Like they want to getaway from each other.

  5. Love the T. dasystemon. Another chartreuse I love is the dangling flowers of the native wild currant (Ribes americanum).

  6. Okay now you've got me thinking about Syneilesis... And yes, chartreuse is lovely this time of year. :)

  7. "Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf's a flower;
    But only so an hour...."

  8. Love those fuzzy unfolding umbrellas! Soooo cool!!! Going to Ohio for spring break was a giant leap back into winter. Snowdrops, crocus and aconites were covered in a new snowfall two days ago, but today it felt as if spring is coming our way - finally! Seeing your photos made me homesick!

  9. so nice when the privacy screens grow! Wonderful showing of chartreuse in your garden.


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