Sunday, April 12, 2009

Buttercups Cover the Ground

Buttercups are in bloom, and it is easy to recognize them. They blanket many agricultural fields in bright yellow blossoms. In the delta, buttercups are the first yellow wildflowers of the spring. The petals of the buttercups are so brightly colored and waxy that the flowers look wet even when they are dry. These bright flowers attract quite a few honey bees seeking pollen and nectar. Their very numbers make the buttercups useful to the honey bees as they build their population in the spring. Following the buttercups there will be yellow-colored wildflowers in bloom continuously till the end of fall, but none will match the brilliance of the buttercup.

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