63 thoughts on “Bright Celandines Herald the Spring

      1. What do you call it? I know the Latin name is ficaria verna but it has a various names in German, one is Feigwurz (which is the equivalence of pilewort, I think).

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  1. A golden start to April, Margaret! πŸ˜€The flowers are like tiny star-bursts of joy and thanks to the comment above I now know their name! Wishing you a lovely April! xx

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      1. Couple of years ago I decided that I live on such a manicured street, I needed to be the one to let nature do its thing! The only weed I still fight is the ground elder, but it has the upper hand

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      2. I think I might be converting a couple!!

        I know I have given up in places with it, but intend to keep winning in others. The Romans apparently grew it as veg!

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  2. Oh, dear, you and Becky are going to hate me. I spent Tuesday afternoon pulling out loads of these lesser celandines from under my willow tree. I thought I had dug most of them up last year, but they are impossible to eradicate. I don’t actually mind them too much as they hide underground after flowering, but they are a bit thuggish and stop my cyclamen from spreading. Interesting that when I dug them up the roots seem to be covered in a white fungus. There are plenty flowering in the lanes BTW and I am sure they’ll be back under the tree next year.

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  3. This year celandines seem have colonised almost every north-facing front garden in the London street where I live, so they are here all right – and it’s probably only a matter of time before they get to SusanPoozan’s street too. I’m not complaining; not sure about the neighbours.

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    1. Oh, I’m glad that celandines are indeed alive and well and living in London. I’m alive and well, not n London, and owing you a long email. Which will arrive. Eventually.

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  4. Beautiful. I love how the colors returns after winter… it reminds me that there is hope. The color is brilliant in south Florida – reds, purples, yellows, and oranges. I look forward to seeing the color return at home, too. Stay safe, well, and keep writing. Peace.

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  5. I like to see celandines. Mind you, I caught myself admiring what seemed to be a semi-double wild dandelion yesterday. I am still not sure if it was a semi-double or if some of its petals were a bit bent.

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  6. I was about to comment that I love its almost waxy buttercup glow, and then looked it up to see that the celandine is a member of the buttercup family (although no longer classed as a Ranunculus for some reason I see).

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      1. I have always liked buttercups. Recently we introduced an indigenous one to our garden. It behaved like an annual and died after a few months, but I now see that self-seeded seedlings are now sprouting where it grew, so I hope they survive and form a new generation.

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