Fifty shades of green?

There's a word that's no longer much used: greenwood. It was used to refer to woodland in summer, often seemingly in relation to outlaws: Robin Hood was always going off into the greenwood. Thomas Hardy wrote a novel entitled Under the Greenwood Tree and the word was used by Shakespeare and in historical ballads and so on.

Walking in Fineshade in May the word is so apt - everything it seems is green... the grass, the shrubs, the trees, the mosses. All green, just green. It is certainly a green wood - a greenwood.

But then, once you start to think about it, there are different types of green, different shades of green. There are dark greens and light greens; or perhaps they are pale greens? There are bright, vibrant greens and dull, muted greens. There are yellowy greens and silvery greens.

How many shades of green can you see here?

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Look carefully ... just what shade of green is that?

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Pea green, or sea green or aquamarine?

Emerald green, or bottle green?

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Could you call that olive green? or maybe pistachio?

Can we find any fluorescent green?

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Grass green, moss green, sedge green and sage green

Lemony green and lime green.

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Perhaps it's Lincoln green or hunting green. Apple green or spring green. Then there's watery green. How many shades of green is that?

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Then there's soft green, turquoise-green, blue-green, grey-green and bright green.

What about British racing green and lettuce green?

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So perhaps there are fifty shades of green in this greenwood... once you start to look for them, and I really recommend that you do.

Let's start the Green Appreciation Society!

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