Updated: Dec 9, 2020
These Buttercup-like plants, with their large flowers and large, rounded leaves, favour damp or wet conditions: they would be ideal in that wildlife-friendly pond you're going to create during lockdown! They are mentioned frequently in literature, for example Shakespeare, Hardy and Charlotte Bronte all make reference. The name derives from "Mary Gold" - they were a tribute to the Virgin Mary in mediaeval churches at Easter. But there are numerous alternative names: Kingcup, Horseblob, Crazy Beth, Water Goggles, Gools, Soldiers' Buttons and Publicans-and-sinners. Use your favourite.