Flower spot!

Although we are surrounded by gloom and doom at the moment nature seems to be trying very hard to turn our attention away from this and remind us of the beauty and energy of spring. Everywhere the colours and smells of renewal are all around giving us a welcome antidote and the promise of better times ahead.

Take the Lesser Celandine flower for example. This ubiquitous little plant seems to arrive with not much warning.

Lesser Celandine flowerLesser Celandine flowersOften found in shaded areas of gardens and woodlands, it’s habit is to carpet the ground in abundance. The heart shaped leaves grow on long stalks, the solitary flowers are bright yellow and have between 8 -12 petals. After flowering the fruit heads remain, each tiny fruit has a comical little beak at the top of it. To add to the magic the flower has a endearing habitat of closing up when the sun goes in.

Why not try to spot this plant on your next visit to your local Cambridge nature reserve. We took these pictures at Bramblefields, in Chesterton? Count the petals and find the fruit heads? You will never NOT notice this plant again!

William Wordsworth agrees:

There is a flower, the lesser Celandine

That shrinks, like many more, from cold and rain

And, the first moment that the sun may shine

Bright as the sun himself, ’tis out again!

Read the whole poem here.






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