A few first <bleached> little primroses too, by the path, and yellow buds unfolding themselves

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longxianchen

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Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 122, Chapter 7) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Connie was outing in the forest, seeing beautiful white/pale flowers. Then she thought of underword goddess,
Persephone's pale breaths, which stands for spring ..……)

Cold breaths of wind came, and overhead there was an anger of entangled wind caught among the twigs. It, too, was caught and trying to tear itself free, the wind, like Absalom. How cold the anemones looked, bobbing their naked white shoulders over crinoline skirts of green. But they stood it. A few first bleached little primroses too, by the path, and yellow buds unfolding themselves.

When something is bleached, it becomes white, so, to me, bleached and yellow seem to be contradictory with each other.

How should I understand this sentence please?
Thank you in advance
 
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