The subspecies of Yellow-Marsh Marigold we have at Leaning Oaks is Caltha palustris var. palustris and is introduced from Europe. We orignally planted a single plant of this, along with a white flowered subspecies and a double-flowered form. This one has naturalized around the edge of the pond and we now have several dozen of them and they put on a good show in the early spring. In the Britain the plant is known by a myriad of colourful common names including mayflower, May blobs, mollyblobs, pollyblobs, water blobs, horse blobs, water blobs, water bubbles, balfae and "the publican". Marsh-Marigold comes from the habit of using it to decorate churches at Easter, where is was "Mary's Gold".
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.