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  • Writer's pictureJan Peterson

The Color Green

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Are you ready to get your green on for Saint Patrick's Day? After a long cold winter, by mid-March we are all ready for Spring. March and Saint Patrick's Day are long associated with the color green. Green evokes a number of emotions and has some very positive attributes.

Just as we welcome the signs of Spring and leaves turning green - our moods tend to be uplifted and renewed. We can breathe and take in the fresh scents of trees beginning to bud. Green is the healing color of Nature and the outdoors. It's calming hues put us at ease. It's often used in public spaces for it's relaxing and refreshing effects. Green gives people the feeling of hope. By decorating with green plants in the home - we feel revitalized and our living space is refreshed and alive.

Think of the colors of a stop light - Green indicates "go", "move ahead", and "safety". Green is also the color of money and associated with "success". Green juices and green foods are recommended for health and wellness.

Green is also the traditional color of St Patrick's Day and is associated with good luck, charm and leprechauns. In traditional Irish folklore, people who wore green were invisible to leprechauns, who were mischievous creatures, often pinching people.

There are so many beautiful green flowers available to honor Spring and Saint Patrick's Day. It used to be green carnations were the traditional flower of March. But we've moved on to a variety of blooms, such as green hydrangea, eclair spray roses, bells of Ireland, kermit mums, green trick dianthus, green cymbidium orchids, green anthurium and more. The choices are endless.

"In every wood in every spring there is a different green."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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