Friday, 8 May 2009

Why Do You Build Me Up Buttercup?

Do you remember when you were a little girl or a little boy and the butter question came up? 

A simple yes I like it just didn't cut it. The only way to check if any of you really did like butter was to thrust a buttercup below the chin and if you lit up yellow you were telling the truth!

We spent endless hours in meadows searching for them, with no need to keep in touch with our parents by mobile phone, and the only worry in our little minds was whether or not we would go in deeper than our wellies crossing the little burns (or brooks or streams) that trickled across the fields. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could go back to those simple days? 

How things have changed in 20 years. Have we got meaner as a race or has the media got better at portraying the bad things that happen in the world?

On a lighter note, I dearly wish that buttercups were so hard to find in my garden! Maybe its just they do better in England than in Ireland, but I can't move for them here! No matter how often and how carefully I dig them out, they just keep coming back with a vengeance, bigger and stronger than ever! Tips on how to shift them organically would be fab if you have the time.....

Thought I would share this with you. It's called Lady's Mantle

This is one of the plants that got me excited about flowers for the first time ever in my adulthood (along with bluebells !) No matter how hard the rain came down, and how glum it made me that I couldn't get work done, this little beauty made it all happy again when I saw how it clung to the droplets of water with its beautiful leaves. It thrives on neglect and comes back year after year, regardless of how much of it Louie snatches on his way past, of how little I water it, and of how cold the winter gets. Doesn't it look all wonderfully leafy and magical? 

And here are my sweet boys having a peek over the wall at the rabbits running rampant in the field (literally!) Bless them (the dogs, not the rabbits)! They were dying to leap the wall and give chase, but thankfully didn't (they have pulled me over, and through worse in the past!)

Have a lovely weekend,

Linzi x x


  1. I remember doing that with buttercups too!
    Lady's Mantle does look so pretty with rain on the leaves. I was just noticing mine today.
    Your dogs definitely look like they're reading to run!

  2. Your buttercup story brought back a lot of memories! I have not thought of that in a very long time.

  3. Linzi, thanks for dropping by, " do I mind if you read my blog?" I am thrilled! And I am loving yours, as soon as I have a few spare minutes I am reading as much of it as I can.

    You are added to my google reader, and I am so looking forward to getting to know you.


  4. I love your sweet boys. Ladies Mantle occupied the spot on the corner where the Bleeding Heart is now. Sadly I killed it because. I would like to get another. I love seeing water droplets on leaves.

  5. Lovely photos especially your sweet boys.

    Yes, I wish that those simple and innocent days still exist for us all at present. Today, we hear lots of horror stories about kids being kidnapped or worse. *sigh*

    Oh, well.

    Have a happy weekend! :)

  6. We have a fine crop of buttercups ourselves in the field - at least 3 types of them! They're so pretty that I find it hard to begrudge them .. but they do have fierce aspirations for world domination. If only they were edible (which they are NOT .. quite poisonous I think) .. that would make it really easy to deal with. As it is the only way is probably perseverance ..keep weeding!

    I love Lady's mantle, we had it in our last garden. It does make you smile when you see those raindrops looking so gorgeous on the leaves.

  7. Hi Linzi, ya just took me back a few years and I love when that happens!
    Your boys do look more than ready to jump - how good they mind to stay put.
    The Ladies Mantle I'm not familiar with - I've heard of it but as far as I know I haven't seen it. It does look lovely though with the rain droplets on the leaves. I'll have to look for it when I'm flower shopping.

  8. Loving that Lady Mantil you shared this day. Looking forward to visit your page again soon. Happy Gardening!

  9. What a great blog.
    Buttercups, what a pest. They're all over my new allotment. I'm not using any chemicals on them but digging them out with as much root as possible. Time will tell how successful I've been!

  10. Thought of you we did this at the weekend - well it made weeding a little more interesting, but only a little.

  11. Just thought i`d say Hi.........Getting a new little puppy dog in about 3 weeks...Wish me luck........

  12. That is gorgeous...I now have to have one. Lady Mantil look so pretty with rain on the leaves.Nice blog.Good

  13. Just wanted to say hi. Beautiful pups. Have a great Sunday.


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