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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