Every fall, those of us who are fortunate enough to live in climates with obvious seasonal changes are delighted with the changing colors of leaves. The explosion of gold, red, and burgundy captivates us, and turns our thoughts to cozy times ahead.
But every spring, nature struts her stuff with an equally stunning show brought out in shades of green. The very trees that will scream with color come fall are now showcasing subtle variations, from pale greens to vibrant yellows. Even the evergreens suddenly refresh and darken their cloaks as spring rains feed them.
I am particularly fond of this watercolor palette that spring brings. I love the pale yellow willow leaves—how they shine against the darker colors of their neighbors. I love knowing that those same leaves will create part of the welcome, green background of summer, then shine a brilliant gold before the wintry winds come.
Everywhere I look, I see shades of green. Maple trees begin with bright green blooms, quickly replaced by elegant leaves. The birch tree teases with gold sprouts, just waiting for the sun’s warmth to bring out summer’s leaves. Aside from the lovely scattering of flowering apples, plums, and lilac bracts, nature brings other spring surprises. The gnarly oak trees of winter shed their dry, brown leaves, and emerge with tinges of reds and bronze before donning their summer green. I know that they will turn a ruddy brown in late fall, and their leaves will linger as shelter for squirrels and birds.
The cycle of the seasons gives us a sense of wonder and hope, dressed in countless colors. Let the tender greens of spring shine for a while! Soon enough they will give way to sturdy summer garments, and then blaze into fall color. The branches will be lacy against the winter sky for a long time, before the pale greens peek out at us again next year.
As quilters, we often try to capture the subtle shades that nature presents around us. From diverse floral gardens, scarlet shades of fall, to rippling blue water, we build these colorways into our creations. I have two autumnal quilts in my UFO/WIP pile, but keep collecting greens, knowing that spring has inspired me to make a Shades of Green quilt—one day. After all, spring warms us with hope and promises of things to come. How can I resist?I spent my own time wandering on this Wednesday. With my apologies, two woodticks were harmed in the gathering of photos for this post.© 2012 by The Curious Quilter, thecuriousquilter.net, maryeoriginals.com. All rights reserved.