Caltha Palustris

Kingcup or Marshmarigold, this bright, egg yolk coloured, cup shaped flower is one of the first marginals to appear around the edges of our Natural Pool.

With a long flowering season from March to August, this is a wonderful plant for wildlife- being especially attractive to large bumblebees coming out of hibernation, who find its saucer shaped flowers the perfect landing spot to feast nectar and gather pollen.

The glossy, dark green kidney shaped leaves make an attractive textural contrast with linear reeds, rushes and grasses growing around our pool.

Native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland in the UK, this perennial can also be planted in borders outside the water too- and provides a welcome early splash of colour looking attractive with narcissus, fritillaries, primulas, geums, newly emerging ferns and woodlanders such as pulmonaria and brunnera.

Steeped in folklore, this is one of our most ancient native plants, supposedly growing in melt water from the last iron age, and the only wildflower to be given the RHS Award of Garden merit.

Although poisonous it has been used as a medicinal plant to treat a wide range of illnesses and maladies.

It is one of my favourite plants, which I associate with the arrival of spring and the start of the swimming season, and deserves to be planted widely in gardens and ponds.