poetry and prose about place

harvesting colour – memorable colour

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I am starting to think about some of the colours I hope to capture in my dyeing projects.  In my reading I have discovered that plant colours come from three groups of plant pigments:

  • the porphyrins – includes chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that enables photosynthesis to occur
  • the carotenoids – includes the yellows of carrots and the red lycopene of tomatoes
  • the flavonoids – the yellows of flower petals and the red, blue and purple anthocyanins of strawberries and blueberries




In my poems, I want to portray these colours with words.  A quick look in the thesaurus shows how many words we have for the various colours:

  • green: emerald, sage, verdigris, malachite, beryl, aquamarine, chartreuse, lime, olive …
  • yellow: ivory, lemon, saffron, gold, sallow, buff …
  • red: scarlet, carmine, vermillion, crimson, ruby, garnet, maroon, brick, rust …
  • blue: azure, phthalo, cerulean, indigo, sapphire, turquoise, watchet, navy, teal …
  • purple: lilac, violet, mauve, magenta, heliotrope, plum, lavender …





Copyright 2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 21, 2014 at 7:06 am

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  1. This might sound a little strange, but I love reading the names of paint colors while browsing the sample cards provided by paint stores. Sometimes the images evoked make me feel as if I am reading poetry!


    Barbara Rodgers

    March 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    • Hi Barbara. I know what you mean. Sometimes they sound so tranquil, or joyous, or inspiring. Just another example of poetry in our daily lives. Jane


      jane tims

      March 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

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