Apparently if you dream of buttercups you could be recalling memories of childhood and wishing for a return to a time where things were simpler and the pace was slower. I am certainly longing to see the Bermuda Buttercups again. I shouldn’t really like them as they were introduced to the Algarve from South Africa in the 19th century, and have since become a problematic invasive species. They are also not even proper buttercups, they are in fact of the oxalidaceae (wood sorrel) family. However on their first appearance every year their bright yellow faces cheer me up.

Yes, the flowers in my header and the flower in my square are both Bermuda Buttercups. They call the square version doubles, but they are really more like quadruples (hee hee notice my second up word there!). The doubles have to be searched for, and I think are really lovely. When we first came across them though took us ages to figure that they were the same plant as the more common singles.

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  1. Your Bermuda Buttercups don’t look like a wildflower. It looks more like a zinnias and they are beautiful. I actually have some local wild buttercups. They bloom frantically in the spring along with violets and spiderwort. It’s hard to shoot them because they are very small and low to the ground. You have to lie on the grass and shoot from underneath — if you have the right lens. Which I didn’t. But they are still pretty and still square 😀

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    1. They are lovely aren’t they – maybe on my return to Portugal I will find a way to shoot them from underneath. Like your zinnias though I will need to lie on the ground!


  2. Quadruples! Wow! I have some proper buttercups for you one of these days, but I do like yours. Do you get the pink version of the oxalis (pink wood sorrel) growing wild in Hampshire?

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    1. The quadruples are extraordinary aren’t they 🙂 but in answer to your question I have no idea. Probably but we just don’t walk enough here in the countryside – maybe this year . . . . . . .


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