Before I show you this week's Friday Flowers I wanted to share a Treasury I am in, YAY! I was kindly included by Flowersy it is one of my latest photos in my Etsy Shop of a beautiful Rose.
So this week I have a couple of beauties for you. These both started blooming about a month ago and are still going strong. (Photos were taken nearly a month ago when we were enjoying some lovely sunshine. :)
The first one is "Lesser Celandine" (Ranunculus Ficaria) it falls into the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) Seriously, if you knew how much research I have done on this. I first went on the Internet and the information was confusing, then I decided to go to my trusty books on Native Plants in the British Isles which I inherited from my Mother-in-law and waded thru those. What a joy they are, the illustrations are amazing, I absolutely cherish these books. They also gave me conclusive and concise answers. I knew this was a Buttercup but wasn't sure which one.
As this is a Native of Europe and parts of Asia it has been labeled an Invasive Species in parts of America. Again, I feel conflicted about this, I love this plant, as growing up in England this along with Bluebells were an integral part of my childhood, so I keep the plant contained. It has not spread far in my garden and I have not seen it growing anywhere else in the neighbourhood. (Guilt trip over :)I love the shiny leaves and the flowers are Daisy like in shape.