Guess which were the first flowers to bloom this year? Spring finally made up its mind, not before one last fluffy snow. Despite this desperate attempt, winter lost its power and the wet blanket swiftly melted to provide the plants with welcome moisture.
Every day I take a trip through the garden to see if anything decided to come out yet. The daffodils broke ground, so that makes it officially spring. There are leaf buds on the clematis and tiny leaves on the sweet violets. That's the extent of what I can see, because I didn't get to the spring cleaning and the flower beds are covered in whatever grunge accumulated over the winter.
Every time I plan to spruce them up, a new installment of inclement weather ensues, so I have to leave them be for now, even if their disheveled looks gnaw at my conscience.
The buttercups managed to emerge from under a pile of dried pine needles, more power to them! In the still barren garden, among shades of brown and gray, their sunny flowers shine even brighter, drawing all the attention.
While researching buttercups, the first thing that emerged regarding this pretty flowers was that they were poisonous. I took notice. The default is not to ingest a plant unless you know for a fact that it is edible anyway. I'll just add them to the long list of beautiful flowers and foliage also poisonous: lily of the valley, azaleas, clematis, boxwood, caladiums, irises, lantana, foxgloves, monkshood, datura, morning glory, jasmine, delphiniums, lilies, sweet peas, wisteria and last but not least the poetic jonquils.
Usually not being good to eat is a feature for a plant in the flower garden, it ensures the gardener doesn't have to perpetually replant, but don't touch your eyes or mouth after handling buttercups, it appears their sap is irritating.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: and, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.