213 days ago

YELLOW - A Colourful History

Administrator from Curtain Clean BOP Ltd

When writing to his sister in 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote, “The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!”

Yellow holds an unusual place in history. It has been held in the highest regard as a symbol of the powerful sun and rich gold, but has also been considered the colour of outcasts and vagrants.

Yellow was one of the first colours to be used in art – cave paintings depicted in yellow have been found in caves in Europe dating back to approximately 25,000 years old. The pigment came from the earth – a coloured clay called ochre that could be yellow or red. Yellow ochre contains hydrated iron hydroxide, with a distinct gold colour.

The Egyptians and Romans loved yellow, using it to represent much-prized gold in their art. The Egyptians used a yellow mineral called orpiment in tomb paintings, not knowing the arsenic compound was highly toxic.
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Penelope from Welcome Bay

I am looking to buy veg seedlings and any garden mix , I missed out just just when the lock down started, could anybody help please I could pay cash leaving the money in 2 metres distance , would be very grateful

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Our sweet pea seeds send out, April issue and Get Growing

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,

Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).

In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.

We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.

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