Breakfast flowers

 

Butter-and-eggs

Butter-and-eggs

This is butter-and-eggs, more soberly known as yellow toadflax.

It should be distinguished from bacon-and-eggs, the nickname of bird’s-foot trefoil, which has red tips to the buds.

These flowers must have been named by people out very early in the morning and thinking about their breakfast.

 

 

In defence of fennel

Fennel flowers hung with raindrops

Fennel flowers hung with raindrops

You can have too much of a good thing, can’t you?

Let wild fennel seed and you’ve got a fennel garden. Congratulations.

But when a plant smells wonderful, feeds the caterpillars of swallowtail butterflies, and holds tiny raindrops all among its flowers …?