Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Lesser Celandine

Carpet of dazzling gleam and greenery.
A gift of splendour, dressed in a very
Yellowy gown, round as the midday sun,
Heart-shaped leaves, darkest of green becoming
Ablaze with Celandine's lustrous glazes.
Glossy appendage to early spring days,
A daffodil challenge for golden cheer,
Graceful competitor for early year.
'Lesser' is great, and is most amazing.
For such tiny gems it's good to give praise.

By Fay Slimm

I'd almost given up on seeing the sheets of gold that usually appear in early Spring but on a walk yesterday afternoon I suddenly came upon this lovely sight - you will need to click on the photograph to see the little celandine flowers clearly. So bright and cheerful but they only open when the sun shines and shortly after I took this photograph the sun disappeared and a chill wind sprang up.

I spotted the lovely bright green leaves of wood sorrel too with the first of the little white flowers just appearing.
This post is just to say that I'll be away for a few days, we're going over to our Lancashire house where I'm hoping it will be rather warmer and brighter than it is here at the moment! I'm taking my knitting just in case though....


Lynda (Granny K) said...

it's sunny but the wind is very chilly - it's not summer yet! brr!

Bovey Belle said...

It's gone very cold and dull here today too, which is a shock after yesterday's t-shirt temperatures! I hope the weather is better in Lancs and you don't HAVE to do your knitting because the weather dictates!

Gracie said...

Have a nice time!

Unknown said...

It's looking very Springified around here, Rowan! Hope you have a super (and warmer) time in Lancashire. We had a glorious weekend and then it changed back to cold and dull! I enjoyed catching up with your outings.

Grizz………… said...

Hey, good to see you back in the blogosphere. Lesser celandine blooming up a storm here—and I posted some photos recently, though caught a bit of flack because of its invasiveness.

Hope you have/had a good time and good weather at your other home.

Granny Sue said...

Lovely, lovely, Rowan!

Have a safe trip.

Hollace said...

Don't forget your camera. Looking forward to your return.


Wanda..... said...

Have a safe and enjoyable trip, Rowan. Enjoyed the poem!

laoi gaul~williams said...

have a lovely break!

this is funny for over the last few days out and about here in the forest i have been enjoyinging the sprinklings of the celandine along the roads and lanes. now we live away from our dorset home i always miss the walks up the lane from our house where the hedgerows were always full of spring flowers

Anonymous said...

Hi Rowan, I read somewhere that because of our bad winter, that all the spring flowers would in their turn come out in a rush rather than gradually.

Diane said...

I spotted some Celandine last week and thought its usually out much earlier - I think we are heading the right way at last. xxx

George said...

While reading the Riverdaze blog, I discovered yours, Rowan. Lovely and inspirational in every detail. I've just started my on blog, "Transit Notes," which can be found at Keep the good stuff coming our way.

Mary said...

I really miss carpets of celandines - we don't seem to have them here! Bluebell woods are absent too - that's why each Fall I'm adding more bulbs - I love seeing them in my shady back garden.

Have a great visit to Lancashire where I hope you will be in bright sunshine daily Rowan.

Anonymous said...

this is so beautiful. I love that new green too.
I hope you'll have a wonderful beginning of the new week !!!

debbie bailey said...

Your wood sorrel looks like what we, in the States, call Oxalis. Mine have white or pink flowers. Could it be the same, do you think?

SouthernHeart said...

How beautiful! I wonder if those grow here in Oregon, USA. I don't remember seeing them at the nursery. Lovely nice to see on this rainy day here!