I couldn’t believe my eyes today when I saw a carpet of yellow in the underbrush, in the back of a parking lot. These are the very first flowers I have seen in our area this year. I didn’t know whether they were native wildflowers or whether they had escaped a garden nearby and naturalized into this brushy area of shrubs and trees.
I loved the way these little yellow flowers spread like a sunny carpet even climbing up the rocky hill in the back.
A close-up shows the six petals and interesting looking leaves.
I couldn’t find this early spring flower in my native wildflower books but discovered pictures on the internet that appear to match: Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis). This is a spring ephemeral that can tolerate snow (another snow storm is predicted here for tomorrow). But whatever its scientific name may be, to me, this sweet little flower means the Promise of Spring!