April is quite a yel­low month, isn’t it? I mean, there’s the for­sythia, the witch hazel, the daf­fodils. If that weren’t enough we can now get our aza­leas in shades of orange-yellow. And don’t for­get that drop-dead beau­ti­ful mag­no­lia ‘Yel­low Bird.’ (I want.)

You know what? I don’t care. After see­ing brown, brown, brown all win­ter long, I like a nice, bright yellow.

Bring it on.  In fact, let’s do some masses of yellow.

Harry and I have been slowly adding to our daf­fodil col­lec­tion. We started near the house by the dri­ve­way. Last fall we planted a group­ing about a quar­ter mile up the driveway—a sunny lit­tle patch to greet visitors.

I even added a few cro­cuses and mus­cari in the mix to see how the deer would like them. They didn’t.

Next fall we’ll add even more yel­low. For another yel­low April.


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12 Responses to “April is So Very…Yellow”

  1. Barbee' Says:

    I love the color yel­low; it is so cheer­ful. And, yes, that is just what I need after the long win­ter. Your plant­i­ngs are so pretty! What a lovely wel­come “mat”. I would be delighted if I turned into your driveway.

  2. Layanee Says:

    I get tired of yel­low but it shows up well at 50 mph and it is a happy color. So what is that weird apri­cot cen­tered daff in the last pic­ture. Looks quite erotic.

  3. Robin Ripley Says:

    I have no idea, Laya­nee. I tend to buy daf­fodil bulb mixes, so no names stick in my head. There are a cou­ple of other sharp look­ing and unusual daffs. I need to get out to get a photo of them before they die back, but it’s too cold and rainy right now. I’m a wimp.

  4. Frances Says:

    I love see­ing yel­low in the spring, such a bright and cheer­ful color, like the sun­shine. Your lit­tle helper is too cute! :-)

  5. Gail Says:

    It’s a very lovely yel­low, too, after months of brown! I would be ever so glad to send you a bit of Hedge if you need more yellow~ALthough, he’s all green now! Your pup­pies are so cute…How are the other girls? gail

  6. Carol Says:

    Yel­low is good in the spring! It’s cheer­ful and bright and… hey, wait… no chicken pic­tures? Where are the chickens?

  7. Fawne Says:

    Daf­fodils have always been a favorite of mine and your are beau­ti­ful. I see daffs now come in pink, but it just doesn’t look right to me, besides yel­low goes with any other color.

  8. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    It seems no other color stands out as well under the gray April skies. You can’t go wrong with daf­fodils & you can never have too many.
    To sort of answer Layanee’s ques­tion, that one daf­fodil is a split corona type, prob­a­bly ‘Palmares’.

  9. Harold Says:

    And then you can pro­long it with white and yel­low tulips and species roses. Before shad­ing into the pinks and roses of June …

    Ah, yel­low. The color of emperors.

  10. nellie Says:

    I’m so glad to see spring that it doesn’t mat­ter that it means much work weed­ing and dig­ging and mow­ing. You have a nice vari­ety of daf­fodils.

  11. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    I do love a good yel­low. Of course, for us the daf­fodils are March flow­ers, but I love see­ing yours again. Lovely pic of your pup.~~Dee

  12. Flower Chaser Says:

    I can only wish April was a yel­low month in our part of the world, typ­i­cally we are still cov­ered in snow and anx­iously await­ing the arrival of May. Unfor­tu­nately this year nature has played a cruel trick on us , giv­ing us a cou­ple of warm weeks at the end of May to plant, only to have the tem­per­a­ture plum­met in June ( today it snowed just 120 km form our home).

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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