Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden encourages us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. It’s the last Monday in May, which means many spectacular late spring blooming perennials are starting to shine – Iris and Lupine amongst them. Also blooming are buttercups – Ranunculus sp. Many people think this plant is just a common weed, and banish it from their gardens. When I stumbled across a rosette of wonderful looking, mottled green and dull red leaves a few years ago, however, I transplanted it to a star position in the side garden, not knowing what it was. The next year it bloomed, revealing itself to be the plant that so many children (myself included) used to pick and play with. Turns out buttercups have a waxy coating on their petals that make them shiny, allowing them to reflect a yellow glow onto tiny chins. Anyway, when I realized my vase of cut flowers this week needed a little something extra, in colour and form, buttercup fit the bill.