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 Monday, April 15, 2024

Once their leaves come out, trees are green until the autumn. But they're never as brilliantly green as they are in early spring when the leaves are still young. The canopy is a beautiful burst of light greens, a mix of subtle tones of jade and emerald. Here's the view from Richmond Hill looking proper lush.

But it never lasts. As the weeks go by the greens get inexorably darker and well before summer they're all just identikit deep green, those fresh contrasts lost. The shift to autumn's also fabulous, don't get me wrong, but nothing beats the first flush of green we get to enjoy in April.

It's all to do with chlorophyll. In young leaves the chloroplasts are still developing so contain less green pigment and the leaves tend to be lighter. It's also compounded by maturity. As new leaves grow they begin making additional pigments that darken the foliage, and they also thicken as they develop waxy layers that can dim the green hue.

Spring's bright burst is brief and gone too soon. Enjoy the greens while you can.

Farrow and Ball paint colours: Arsenic, Ball Green, Bancha, Beverly, Breakfast Room Green, Calke Green, Card Room Green, Carriage Green, Chappell Green, Chine Green, Churlish Green, Cooking Apple, Danish Lawn, Duck Green, Folly Green, Eddy, Emerald Green, Green Ground, Green Smoke, Green Stone, Grove Green, Hog Plum, Lichen, Mere Green, Minster Green, Monkey Puzzle, Olive, Palm, Pea Green, Pond Green, Raw Tomatillo, Sap Green, Saxon Green, Studio Green, Suffield Green, Sutcliffe Green, Teresa's Green, Tunsgate Green, Verdigris Green, Vert de Terre, Vitty Green, Whirlybird, Yeabridge Green

MPs: Damian Green, Chris Green, Caroline Lucas, Lilian Greenwood, Kate Green, Margaret Greenwood, Sarah Green

Supermarkets: Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Costcutter, Londis, Budgens

Tube stations: Bethnal Green, Bounds Green, Golders Green, Greenford, Green Park, Kensal Green, North Greenwich, Parsons Green, Stepney Green, Turnham Green, Willesden Green, Wood Green
Former names: Acton Green, Croxley Green, Walham Green
Other London stations: Drayton Green, Edmonton Green, Greenwich, Harringay Green Lanes, Hither Green, Palmers Green, Slade Green, South Greenford
Outside London: Acocks Green, Barnt Green, Borough Green and Wrotham, Broad Green, Dunton Green, Green Lane, Green Road, Greenbank, Greenfaulds, Greenfield, Greenhithe, Greenock Central, Greenock West, Gretna Green, Hall Green, Heald Green, Hough Green, Hurst Green, Langley Green, Lea Green, Marston Green, Seer Green and Jordans, Town Green, Welham Green, Wylde Green

Musicians: Al, Cee Lo, Day, Gartside, Jelly, Norman Baum, Professor
Music: Barwick, Door, Grass of Home, Onions, Tambourine

London walks: Jubilee Greenway, Green Chain, Green Link, Dollis Valley Greenwalk

Html codes: Aquamarine #7FFFD4, Eucalyptus #5F8575, Jade #00A36C, Lincoln Green #478778, Malachite #0BDA51, Olive Green #808000, Pear #C9CC3F, Pistachio #93C572, Sea Green #2E8B57, Spring Green #00FF7F, Teal #008080, Verdigris #40B5AD

London's Millennium Greens: Aberfeldy, Albion, Alexandra, Chadwell, Cricklewood, New Southgate, Waterloo, Robin Hood

Cities/towns with Green Belts: Bath/Bristol, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Burton upon Trent, Cambridge, Derby/Nottingham, Gloucester, Lancaster, Leeds/Sheffield, London, Liverpool/Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Stoke-on-Trent, York

National flags that are at least 40% green: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guyana, Madagascar, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Togo, Turkmenistan, Zambia

Places in London according to the Ordnance Survey: Acton Green, Ardleigh Green, Bell Green, Berry's Green, Bethnal Green, Bounds Green, Broad Green, Brook Green, Chingford Green, Colham Green, Fortis Green, Golders Green, Green Street Green, Greenford, Greenhill, Greenwich, Hither Green, Horns Green, Kensal Green, Leaves Green, Newyears Green, North Greenwich, Norwood Green, Palmers Green, Parsons Green, Pinner Green, Rowley Green, Rush Green, Slade Green, Strand on the Green, Stroud Green, Walham Green, West Green, Westbourne Green, Wood Green, Woodcote Green, Woodford Green

Salt and vinegar: Walkers, Sainsburys, Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Morrisons
Cheese and Onion: Golden Wonder, Smith's, Hula Hoops, McCoys
Green Onion: Lay's
Chicken: Smiths (Australia)

Fictional: Green Gables, Green Ginger, Green Hornet, Jolly Green Giant, Dock Green, Lieutenant Green, Reverend Green, Camberwick Green

Green lines: District, Waterloo & City, Trams, Suffragette, 701, 724, 755, 757

Greens: cabbage, lettuce, rocket, kale, chard, cress, spinach, asparagus, pak choi, broccoli

Common land in London: Acton Green, Back Green, Barnes Green, Biggin Hill Green, Bradmore Green, Broadstreet Green, Brook Green, Castlebar Green, Cuckoo Green, Drayton Green, Ealing Green, East Acton Green, Friars Place Green, Frogmore Green, Garratt Green, Goose Green, Green Street Green, Haven Green, Ickenham Green, Kidbrooke Green, Lacey Green, Leaves Green, Malden Green, Mattock Green, Northolt Village Green, Nunhead Green, Parsons Green, Pickhurst Green, Plough Green, Pratt's Bottom Green, Rowley Green, Shoulder of Mutton Green, Totteridge Green, Turnham Green

Visible wavelengths: blue green 487–493 nm, bluish green 493–498 nm, green 498–530 nm, yellowish green 530–559 nm, yellow green 559–570 nm

Green things: traffic light (go), House of Commons (benches), belt (judo), eyed-monster (jealousy), fireworks (barium), Bay Packers (football), banknote (£1), putting (golf), Cross (code), Shield (stamps), Soylent (food), fingers (gardening), bottles (ten), Gawain (knight), Forest Rovers (football), lavender (dilly dilly)

n.b. Also enjoy the spring blues, pinks, whites and reds.

These colours may or may not follow later.

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