"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Window Box: Ranunculas

Right now, I am thoroughly enjoying the view from my kitchen -a small window box filled with blooming Ranunculus. Situated directly in front of the kitchen sink, the colorful buttercups make doing dishes much more enjoyable. 

Thanks to their proximity, it's easy to remember to water them and it only takes a moment to snip off petals past their prime.

The flowers are thriving in the direct sun and seem to enjoy their perch high above the snails...

According to legend, Ranunculus are also called "Coyote's Eyes" because the mythical coyote was tossing his eyes up into the air (as coyotes are wont to do...) and an eagle snatched them up. Luckily, the MacGuyver of coyotes fashioned new eyes from buttercups. 

A lovely story perhaps(?), but I much prefer the symbolism of Ranunculus which implies to the recipient, "I am dazzled by your charms".
 March may come in like a lion, but Spring is already in the air.

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