Thu, 22 Jan 2004 00:19:49 PST
Jamie Vande    Cologne    Germany    Zone 8

I've never really understood an aversion to yellow in the garden.  I think this is simply a psycological remnant attached to "being common".  After all, yellow is the colour that we actually see best, it lies at the very peak of our vision sensitivity, it is the colour of our life-giving sun, connected with soothing warmth and a general positive attitude (Mr. Sunny!)  I admit, I do not wish to see everything in yellow, but some of my favourite flowers carry this colour with pride!  There is nothing more breathtaking than a swath of gleaming yellow tulips or Narcissus dotting the awakening landscape.

Although not belonging to the general category of geophytes we discuss, despite it's obvious storage organ roots, Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus is a strong favourite for me.  Early blooming, extremely refreshing fragrance and a long bloom cycle.  Nice, very erect, blue-green foliage sets a welcome contrast in the garden.

I have a few favourite Narcissus in the garden which lean to the green-yellow and cannot imagine anything more refreshing in the sharply-angled Spring sunlight.  Spellbinder is the best of the lot, always putting on a strong display and tickling the optic nerves.

Eranthus hyemalis is another firm favourite, which much like Crocus ancyrensis, sporting more a cadmium orange, has an almost blinding effect.  The combination of the bright yellow cups against the unexpected fingered leaf is something out of faerieland.

Short blooming and often damaged by our rains, Iris bucharica has always fascinated me.  There is something clumsy about the stems of sequential blossoms and the soft, fleshy foliage.  I'm deeply amused!

Sternbergia lutea is a surprise for me, as it was reputed as difficult, but once established grows merrily along, despite my much too wet soil.  I would like to see more blooms, but the fact that it does bloom at all always makes me smile, and that at a time when little else is flowering.

Of course, I adore my Fritillaria imperialis lutea and the yellow Xiphium.  I am starting seed of Morea huttoni and Cypella herbertii and still hunting around for Lilium parryi and L. monodelphum (or L. szowitsianum).  There are many wonderful yellows out there!  I hope to see my Lycoris chinensis bloom this Autumn!

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