Isn't it amazing when small perfect little flowers emerge through the decaying leaves, I been waiting and checking and then suddenly there they were flowering under the shrubs in the garden . . .
#005 : Eranthis hyemalis
hyemalis : means 'of winter'
The Winter Aconite is a member of the plant family Ranunculaceae, the Buttercup family . . . 'Winter Buttercup' would be a much better name (someone should have thought of that).
In some parts of Suffolk they are called 'Choir boys', because the circle of green leaves looks like a choir boy's ruff collar.
The green 'ruff' are the leaves and the yellow is actually the sepals which enclose the tiny petals inside.
The yellow sepals only open fully is temperatures are above 10˚C, in the hope that a passing insect will visit and pollinate the flower so the seeds develop and eventually scatter and grow into more plants.
As you can see, it's pretty chilly today . . . in fact late this afternoon we had a heavy hail shower with hail stones as big as peas!
I think the coldest weather of this winter is yet to come.