Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

History has recorded famous people and events that link Next Door Normandyto England, some are warlike, others are pleasing but how often do we think of flowers as being the bridge between these two celebrated regions?

Often spring flowers bring out the musicians or poets in our souls as they subtly hint at the true meaning of our lives.

In spring, we relish the arrival of the bright golden daffodil.  Wordsworth, poet laureate in 1843, wrote the undying poem, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ to imprint the spiritual significance of the daffodil on our ethos forever.

Like Wordsworth, we enjoy the daffodils at La Chatouillette but the little flower I stumbled across in our woods today easily rivals that famous bloom.

Sadly someone named it the Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria) but there’s nothing lesser about this beauty. Even its heart shaped leaves bare stunning dark or light markings and the plant is said to have ‘magical’ herbal qualities. It was introduced in the Faroe Islands (situated in the North Atlantic) as a medical herb and still survives there in churchyards.

Wordsworth agrees that the Celandine is special, so much so, that it wasn’t only the daffodil that moved him to poetry.

There is a flower, the lesser Celandine

 That shrinks, like many more, from cold and rain

 And, the first moment that the sun may shine

 Bright as the sun himself, ‘tis out again!

 Wordsworth said … ‘All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.’

We agree with him but add just one thing more.

Spring in itself is good poetry. It also overflows with powerful feelings of joy and creativity … and no matter the season … you’ll always discover a spontaneous spring welcome at La Chatouillette.

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