The yellow and green colours of Norfolk’s local football club are based on their Canary mascot, but they could just as easily be based on the colours that pepper the landscape this time of the year.
Each springtime the plays host to fields of rapeseed flowers. These bright yellow crops break up the broad swatches of green, and are seasonal reminders that winter is over and spring is on its way.
Fields of Rapeseed
Rapeseed oil was produced in the 19th century as a source of a lubricant for steam engines. Originally it was less useful as food for animals or humans because it has a bitter taste due to high levels of glucosinolates.
Varieties have now been bred to reduce the content of glucosinolates, and a more palatable oil is now produced for human consumption.
As well as all these rapeseed oil crops, there are plenty of other examples throughout the Norfolk countryside where yellow and green are the predominant colours during our walks around the local are.
Yellow Flowers in Norfolk
Dandelions pepper the fields this time of year, and I know some people consider them to be a weed, but they have medicinal properties. When we were growing up, the other kids used to joke that if you touched a dandelion you’d wet your pants. Not too far from the truth – dandelions are a diuretic.
Another flower that reminds me of my childhood years, is the common buttercup. As a child, we held this flower under a person’s chin to see if it reflected yellow on the skin. If it did, that meant that you liked butter. In actuality it shines yellow every time!
And of course we can’t forget the common daisy (aka the English or Lawn daisy) which will never go out of style because it’s always needed for a daisy chain.
More Yellow and Green
Without the blankets of yellow in the fields, and splodges of yellow flowers along the lanes and in the Norfolk hedgerows – the blatant green landscape would be a little bit too monotonous.