Go For The Gold April 15, 2007
In spite of blustery weather, botanizing is good clean fun, unless you are knee deep in a wetlands. Your best chance there is to keep moving through the mud and hope the water doesn't come over your boot tops, turning your boots into buckets. :(
These lovely gold flowers from the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) are Caltha palustris. As you can see in the photo, they will grow in standing water or freely spread on stream banks. The first ones I have seen this year, this poor little flower has a whitish frost-bite on its petals! Even so, they bring a sunny beauty to a marsh. The Latin, palustris means "marsh", and you will always find this cheery Marsh Marigold in wet places. Perfect for your native pond, just make sure you wear your boots!