Mar. 18, 2017

marsh marigold, Caltha palustris

Somewhere south, the marsh gold is blooming. In the north, we have much to look forward to. For centuries marsh marigold has been part of the celebration of spring. I certainly celebrate whenever I see it. It is hope realized. Twice I have seen these blooming in the fall. It's as if they were saying goodbye, and reminding that they will be back after a snooze. Some authors complain that it is not a marigold, but it's merry and gold, and that's good for me. These inch and a half flowers grow in large patches wherever sun and water reach them. It grows around the world in northern climates. With us it appears in AK, CA, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NH, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN(E), VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and through Canada. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 4/21/14