This orange nasturtium has a banana-yellow center and a lovely pair of eyelashes
Nature always wears the color of the spirit.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unless you’re an allergy sufferer, you probably love spring. It’s a magical time in the garden when spring colors emerge from winter’s slumber while the birds sing their happy tune.
Red and Pink
Earthbox planted with red, white and red cyclamen and pink hyacinth
Red hot succulents
Dark pink cyclamen growing under a perennial
Hummingbird drinking nectar from an abutilon
After years of planting assorted bulbs and spring-mix seed packets, it’s fun to see the color assortment burst forth. Wrapped around the perennials, and sometimes hiding below, touches of spring color emerge. To be fair, many of the weeds are colorful too. You just have to decide what stays and what goes.
A cluster of California poppies growing near the curb
Hot orange nasturtium
California poppy about drop its petals
This orange nasturtium has a beautiful yellow center and a lovely pair of eyelashes
Golden tips in the sunshine
California poppy wrapped up tight
I love poppies
According to birder Melissa Mayntz of The Spruce:
Different birds are attracted to different colors. Individual bird species may see the “best” colors as indicating a food source. Other birds may be more attracted to the colors of their own plumage as those could indicate a potential mate or another bird that is surviving well.
Most bright colors, however, can be used to attract birds, with certain bird species being more attracted to particular shades.
Red and Pink: Hummingbirds
Orange: Orioles, hummingbirds
Yellow: Goldfinches, warblers, hummingbirds
Trailing yellow rose
Narcissus or Daffodil
Yellow flowers from seed mix
Freesia after a rain
Interesting that red, orange and yellow are the first three colors of a primary rainbow. I think nature is on to something, don’t you?
Not to be undone green, blue and violent show up every spring as well. They’re the cooler colors, providing a lovely contrast to the heat of the spectrum. Stay tuned for their turn in the garden.