Spring Greens

"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO." - Christopher Morley

The tip of an asparagus fern.

Photo: cobalt123 (Flickr)

The colors of the evergreens that anchor the landscape through all of the seasons provide a backdrop for the early spring bulbs.

Christopher Morley once said ‘April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO.’  Green, in all of its shades, is the color of the month. The colors of the evergreens that anchor the landscape through all of the seasons now provide a backdrop for the early spring bulbs.

The herbaceous perennial Hellebores, are flowering now too, and have leathery dark evergreen foliage, but need to have any winter-damaged foliage removed to look their best. The perennial groundcover, Vinca, also has evergreen foliage that provides a glossy foil for its little periwinkle blue flowers in mid-spring.

The Periwinkle Fairy

Cicely Mary Barker (1895-1973) is well known for her flower fairy illustrations and poems. Here is her song of the Periwinkle Fairy:

In shady shrubby places,

Right early in the year,

I lift my flowers’ faces

O come and find them here!

My stems are thin and straying,

With leaves of glossy sheen,

The bare brown earth arraying,

For they are evergreen.

Evergreen leaves and needles provide the deepest notes in the spring symphony of greens. They complement the delicate freshness of the filmy green haze that is first seen on deciduous trees and shrubs followed by the varied hues of emerging perennials and the textured tones of the unfurling ferns and hostas.

Photo by cobalt123

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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