Coltsfoot. I always search for this joyful ‘sign of spring in my garden. 

Tussilago farfara. Coltsfoot because of the shape of the flower. Traditionally used as an old country remedy for a cough. In fact, tussis is Latin for cough. Not to be recommended, as it is also toxic. Also known as bullsfoot, clay weed, hoofs, sow foot, dove dock, cleats, cough wort, ginge, tushy luck. Belongs to the asteraceae family. Loved by bees and hoverflies. Grows in sunny, bramble strewn, damp, wild meadow part of my garden.

What signs of spring do you yearn for in your garden?

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  1. I’m just getting beyond the idea that anything yellow, that grows near to the ground and has lots of fine-line petals is some kind of dandelion. Great to see the layers of shapes in the second photo down.

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    • Thanks for reading and getting in touch Lucy. I’m just looking at the most amazing, successful dandelion in my flower border. Should really pull it straight out. But the bees are enjoying it. It stays- for another day 🙂 x


      • That’s what I will do the . Not panic! Yesterday we lost count of the butterflies in the garden. Never been able to say that before in March. We had brimstone yellows, painted ladies, comma, and one peacock. All love dandelions and the wild primroses alongside. xxx


  2. Such detail on your photos Karen, ones you wouldn’t notice in passing. And I am not sure I can answer your question as so may things come in a rush here, and in truth I don’t yearn for them but just enjoy the signs and the anticipation

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    • Mine too. I just wanted to hold back time yesterday. Spring whizzes by so quickly. I just wanted one or two more days to enjoy the crocus flowers. But today they have all gone. But the daphne is in flower, and the cherry trees are amazing. I just can’t keep up….. x

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  3. It has naturalized all over New England, it is one of the first flowers we see in spring. I believe the name coltsfoot comes from the shape of the leaf, which in outline is shaped like a horse’s hoof. It was used as a tea, but has since been found to destroy the liver – yikes.

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    • Yikes indeed! I didn’t know that. Won’t be trying it then. Well, all my life I’ve thought it was the shape of the flower head, which does look a bit like a horses hoof, that gives it its name. Will look at the leaf when it emerges- with new eyes. Thanks for reading and getting in touch Eliza. X

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    • Ah, such a lovely sound. Let me know when you hear one. The skylarks were singing yesterday,for the first time this year. They were just tiny dots in the sky. It was 15 degrees here yesterday. No wonder they were singing. Hope they find a hoof shape in the mud to make a nest. Sadly, only 8 degrees today, so no singing.

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    • Thank you Amy. It’s just a camera phone, so pictures are a bit hit and miss. I take about 20 and one comes out ok. Never know until I get home what I’ve got on the camera. All the best. Karen


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