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Spring Yellow: ‘Tis The Little Celandine

I think more poetry has been written about spring than any other season.


Photo: Naomi Van Tol (flickr)

A field of celandine poppies brighten up these woods. Spring has bloomed.

The Australian poet Clive Sansom wrote a poem entitled “Spring Yellow.” Of course, yellow is the color of many spring beauties such as forsythia, daffodils, celandine poppies and dandelions.

William Wordsworth, who is so famous for his poems about daffodils, has also celebrated the celandine poppy. He wrote:

Primroses will have their glory
And long as there are violets,
They will have their place in story:
There’s a flower that shall be mine
‘Tis the little celandine.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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  • Leastways

    I don’t think that Wordsworth was waxing so eloquently over the Celandine Poppy, it was more like the lesser C. which is so small that it hides amongst the grass and is frequently walked over by the gardeners boots. Take the time to bend down and peruse more closely and discover an exquisite llitte flower

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