As I write this article, some of the early daffodils in my garden are well on the way to flowering. Daffodils, forsythia, primroses and crocuses, are just some of the lovely yellow flowers that herald the arrival of spring.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It is a lovely warm, cheerful colour, but, a bit like red, it can have conflicting symbolism. On the one hand, it denotes happiness and joy, but on the other hand, yellow is the colour of deceit. If someone is yellow, it means they are a coward, so yellow can have a negative meaning in some cultures. Because of the high visibility of bright yellow, it is often used for hazard signs and some emergency vehicles.
Yellow and orange foods such as peppers, mango, lemons, carrots, corn and squash, are packed full of anti-oxidants called carotenes. These protect the cells and membranes of the body, help to fight off the effects of ageing and protect the body from stress, and pollution. They are also high in Vitamin C, which can help protect against colds and flu.
For the spring season 2011, the fashion world is also embracing yellow – which is normally fashion’s least loved colour. In both men’s and women’s ranges, you will find clothes in lemons, highlighter yellows, electric mustards and bright blonde shades.
Yellow can be teamed with black, but if you want to be really fashionable this season, pair yellow with blues such as navy, cerulean, azure and sapphire.
Look for: cobalt and citrus flowers, navy and golden stripes, powder blue and canary swirls. For the bolder ones amongst us wear it as a block of colour – the brighter the better.
Pattern wise, oversized flowers are invading garments. Florals always appear at this time of year and now we see them in larger-than-life bunches. In fact, the flowers are so large, that a single bloom can cover an entire outfit. They are not, as one might expect, particularly feminine or pretty but instead more dramatic and striking, and can be found in both life-like or surrealist designs.
Look for: massive flowers, leaves and bouquets on liquid fabrics that give movement. If the flower is life size, it is too small.
There’s a shade of yellow to suit everyone although many of you may be skeptical about this.