Friday, 11 May 2012

Marsh Marigold

If you take a stroll up to Mountjoy you will see these cheerful plants around the edges of the pond. They have been in flower for well over a month now and provide early sources of nectar for bees.

Its Latin name, Caltha, is derived from the Greek for ‘goblet’, giving it another common name ‘Kingcup’.

This commonly found plant is a member of the buttercup family and can be successfully grown in the garden in damp spots or, like these ones, on the edges of ponds.

(Text and photo: Steve Ansdell)