Yellow

Only last week, a warm wind blew in from the south. The sky here in Athens had been cloudy with an eerie yellow overcast – impossible to capture its essence in a photograph. At the time, if you were outside too long in the garden you began to feel gritty. Bright canary dust washed down the drain pipes after a quick spring shower, tangible evidence zealously hosed away before I could fetch the camera. It was the annual March phenomenon of the Sahara sandstorms blowing north – Σορόκος or Sirocco.

Yellow – whether desert dust or sunshine – in the garden is a harbinger of spring. On a clear day, bright lemons still hang on the tree (although it is now severely pruned).

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There are also cheerful yellow centres of little daisy camomile flowers that grow in drifts, appropriately enough, near the herb garden.

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Last, but not least, is the old-fashioned climbing rose in front of the house. Tiny yellow roses bloom in clusters on a vine two storeys high. The rose, probably an heirloom variety, appears in photographs taken a century ago – although a lot shorter. It is impossible to capture its delicate colour in black and white images. It is truly a glorious sight.

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8 comments

  1. Is it a Banksia rose Deb, blooms prolifically once in spring then that’s it for the year. Love fresh lemons but not sure about all that Sahara dust in the air

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  2. In Patmos we have the “red”dust storms at this time of the year
    leaving the white washed houses with a warm pink glow!
    Mediterranean Garden Society has a very old banksia rose
    on their terrace, too. So lovely.

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  3. Those yellow roses are gorgeous, Debi. Do they bloom all season or just in the spring? I was staying along the Amalfi Coast when the Sirocco hit overnight and awoke to find our aubergine-colored car barely recognizable with its new dirty orange coloring. It’s the unexpected that makes travel so appealing for me. 🙂

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