Wednesday, 29 April 2009


The kingcups (or Marsh Marigolds) are fully in bloom at the moment. Their golden petals are almost too bright for the camera to handle.

Kingcups grow in wet meadows, marshes and wet woodland and grow happily in shade, although ours are currently basking in the April sunshine. They are common throughout the British Isles and were traditionally used as a remedy to remove warts. They are also known as Mayflower after the custom of bringing the flowers into the house on Old May Eve.

The pond is teeming with tadpoles. Last year we had newts too, but I haven't seen any yet this year.


  1. I hope your weather is better than mine, but at least you have sunshine in the form of your magnificent Kingcups! I have a shady boggy bit in the corner of my garden and would love to see those shining brightly this dull and dreary morning. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. Yes, the Kingcups look magnificent (yours that is, we haven't got any) and are a welcome sight on this grey day here. And have just read your comment - WELL DONE YOU! Very exciting!


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