|From top - Gerbera Daisy, Stylophorum diphyllum, Hosta 'Coast to Coast' & below Solenia x hiemalis - 20 may 2022|
Nature rarer uses yellow – Emily Dickinson
Nature rarer uses yellow
Than another hue;
Saves she all of that for sunsets,—
Prodigal of blue,
Spending scarlet like a woman,
Yellow she affords
Only scantly and selectly,
Like a lover's words.
When Rosemary and I started gardening in our large corner property on Athlone Street in Kerrisdale yellow as anathema. Flowers had to be blue or white. The same applied to red and orange. But little by little rosemary began to accept those warm colours. Three roses changed the tide. They were Rosa ‘Mrs. Oakely Fisher', Rosa ‘Westerland’ and Rosa ‘All that Jazz’. Now, when yellow flowers appear in my garden, as they did today, I remember my Rosemary. I smile first and then I succumb to my almost constant depression at her loss.
When the well-known California/ Mexican restaurant, The Topanga Café on 4th Avenue,not far from Macdonald, burned to the ground, many were shocked at the loss. I am happy to report that on that empty lot and the adjoining one, Urban Gardens has opened a nice nursery. I have gone twice to buy some of those annuals that my snobbish perennial-crazy Rosemary liked to have to bring colour to the garden. In the scan here there is a yellow flower that I had never seen and I wonder if Rosemary knew about it. It is called Solenia x hiemalis ‘Yellow Improved’.