festival of spring #4

I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season and share something that is happening in or around my neighbourhood each week.

The Latin name, Caltha, is derived from the Greek for ‘goblet’

The large, golden flowers of Marsh-marigold (Scientific name: Caltha palustris) look like the cups of kings, hence its other name: ‘Kingcup‘. It has very large, rounded, scalloped leaves.

It is a widespread flower of ponds, marshes, damp meadows, ditches and wet woodland and also a good plant to add to a wildlife-friendly pond, providing shelter for frogs and early nectar for insects. Mine grows in the same patch as my Tulipa sylvestris, a botanic woodland tulip which just happens to be the exact same shade of buttery-golden yellow.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    It was one of childhood quests, finding the first Kingcups of spring. Lovely shots, Juse.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Tish. The flowers are huge!

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        And so very yellow 🙂

  2. beetleypete says:

    Lovely yellows, Jude. The rain stopped here last night, but the gusty winds have been fierce!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the winds were horrendous here.

  3. My goodness these are beautiful. Your garden must be quite lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is quite colourful at the moment, my favourite season so I do have a lot of spring bulbs and flowers.

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Love marsh marigold – mine not in flower yet

    1. Heyjude says:

      I obviously have the soil it likes!

  5. Beautiful. Yellow is so cheerful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is and this year I have a lot of yellow tulips too.

  6. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful, Jude. Happy spring. 😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Patti. I just wish it was warmer. Still pretty chilly out there.

      1. pattimoed says:

        I hope it warms up, Jude. No coats!!

  7. Toonsarah says:

    Such a lovely sunshiney yellow!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, you need your sunglasses on!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Bright and cheerful.

  8. Perfect for a damp shady area!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well these are actually in full sun, but I suspect the soil is pretty damp.

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