Monday, March 27, 2006

Just around the tree trunk

Located just outside my cottage are several large trees. They line the lawn which extends down into the lower fields of the farm. These trees are my constant companions, and a wonderful source of inspiration.

If you peek around the trunks of these trees, and step over the daffodils into the brush, you will find an enormous patch of the unidentified yellow flowers and their lily pad shaped leaves.

I think that these flowers need a bright sunny day to open them up all the way. Today brings a warm morning, and there is nary a cloud in the sky!


  1. Are they Bermuda Buttercup, maybe? They kind of look like the patches growing under our thick trees, and the leaves and color of the flowers look to be about the same.

    I don't know. I try to identify the flowers around here, but some of them are real stumpers, you know?

  2. That will be a nice carpet of flowers once they open! I went for a jog this morning and it kinda surprises me that NOTHING is opening up here yet, the trees are all still completely dormant.

  3. Those buds seem to have a beautiful yellow color to them.

    Have you ever seen Datura trees? They are some of the most beautiful and fragrant in existence. My husband is the gardner, and has an entire collection of exotic plants.

    I know that you are into trees, but I thought this would be worth mentioning to you!

  4. I really like this photograph. I want to see them again when they've opened more. I hope you'll keep us posted!

  5. I really like the perspective of this photo. I went on a hike to the coast the other day and got all excited when I saw plants that looked like this. Closer up, the flowers looked like little violets, though.

    They look like they should be covering a miniature pond.

  6. JB, I’ve never heard of Bermuda Buttercup, but when I looked at some pictures online, they don’t seem to fit what these look like (now that they’ve finally opened up). The search continues! Thank you for your suggestions anyways… I love how so many visitors are able to help me identify plants.

    Crystal, I totally agree… they are such a wonderful ground cover, sort of like clover! I’m glad I can share some of the Pennsylvania Spring with you, since it’s being so stubborn in Illinois. :)

    Barbara, I hadn’t thought that I’d heard of Datura trees until I looked them up… then I knew exactly what you were talking about! I’ve seen them in gardens, and I saw them on my trip to Belize. Thank you for sharing! It’s true that I love trees, but indeed I am a lover of ALL plants big and small! I’ve often considering revising Arboreality’s premise to simply include all plants.

    Trailhead, I’m glad you’re enjoying them… I’ve been so excited watching this plant from the first green leaves to emerge from seemingly nothing to the first bud shoots to this, and now today’s image shows the flowers in all their glory!

    LilyB, I agree the plants DO have some qualities of violets… I can’t wait to solve this mystery! I’m glad you enjoy the perspective… I like to show pictures that reflect the way I see things when I go exploring!

  7. Wild ginger, maybe. What climate?
    jan gardner

  8. Hello Jan, thank you for visiting Arboreality! We were able to successfully identify this plant as the lesser celandines, (Ranunculus ficariaof the buttercup family.

    Currently I reside in Eastern Pennsylvania, USDA Hardiness Zone 6b, which enjoys warm, wet springs, hot, humid summers, cold, wet autumns, and cold, dry winters.



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