Buttercups

Yellow is the colour of Spring.

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Buttercups are one of those simple plants that we take for granted and barely acknowledge.  They are one of the flowers of childhood; plucking a flower and placing it under a friend’s chin where the reflected yellow would reveal whether or not they liked butter.  Their name may come from the idea that the yellow of the plant gives butter its distinctive colour, but buttercups are toxic and poisonous to cows.  The plants have a harsh pungent taste and will cause blistering of the mouth so cattle have learnt to avoid them.

 

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These buttercups were growing by the side of a woodland path in Warwickshire.  I was surprised by how high they grew unchecked.

 

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