The Heart of Spring

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

This has to be one of my very favourite spring wild flowers. Believe it or not, I had never set eyes on a Lesser Celandine until I moved here just over 25 years ago where I discovered it growing on the margins of my local wood. Each and every year I see them they always give a spring to my heart, pumping it with pure joy and wonder at how very beautiful and amazing the natural world is around us.

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria

Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria, April 2018, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman

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22 thoughts on “The Heart of Spring

  1. Lovely photos Pete. I find them rather difficult to capture. They grow in the hedgerows here and some have found their way into my garden. I know they can be a bit thuggish, but I love their cheerful colour when they flower in February bringing the sunshine back.

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  2. A welcome reminder to check my pot of lesser celandine I’ve had for years. It is usually out by now but so far a no-show. We’re about 6 weeks behind up here this year. I love the heart-shaped leaves.

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