A buttery yellow wildflower
We have a community pond at the end of our road, and at this time of year its edges are a sea of yellow with celandine flowers. They seem to love the damp conditions, and the shade provided by a small stand of trees edging the footpath. The buttery yellow blooms, which are about 2cm across against glossy dark green foliage, represent “Joys to come” in the language of flowers.
2023 update – I note that Lesser Celandines are now classified as Ficaria verna.
Also flowering in February near me: