Friday, February 13, 2015

First Buttercups Blooming

Every February when the buttercups in my yard begin to bloom, my heart just overflows with happiness! Here is a favorite poem written in 1876 by Sarah Orne Jewett.


Down in a field, one day in June,
     The flowers all bloomed together,
Save one, who tried to hide herself,
     And drooped, that pleasant weather.
A robin who had soared too high,
     And felt a little lazy,
Was resting near a buttercup
     Who wished she were a daisy.
For daisies grow so trig and tall;
     She always had a passion
For wearing frills about her neck
     In just the daisies' fashion.
And buttercups must always be
     The same old tiresome color,
While daisies dress in gold and white,
     Although their gold is duller.
"Dear robin," said this sad young flower,
     "Perhaps you'd not mind trying
To find a nice white frill for me,
     Some day, when you are flying?"
"You silly thing!" the robin said;
     "I think you must be crazy!
I'd rather be my honest self
     Than any made-up daisy.
"You're nicer in your own bright gown,
     The little children love you;
Be the best buttercup you can,
     And think no flower above you.
"Though swallows leave me out of sight,
     We'd better keep our places;
Perhaps the world would all go wrong
     With one too many daisies.
"Look bravely up into the sky,
     And be content with knowing
That God wished for a buttercup
     Just here, where you are growing."


Thank you for sharing this spring time favorite with me today on this cold day!


  1. So pretty !

    No sign of Spring here yet.

    Happy Valentine's Day to You!

    M :)

  2. "Be the best buttercup you can be", how nice!

    I remember reading one of her books decades ago. All of the early bulbs make me happy too, Lottie.

    1. Several lines in this poem spoke to me as an awkward teenager lol!

      Thank you for visiting today!

  3. What a beautiful poem! I think I may share it with my 8th graders this week as we are in the midst of our poetry unit.

    I hope Elizabeth the cat is doing much better! Hugs!

  4. I love the message! Have never heard this before. My mom always told me to hold my head high when I was having difficulty with certain things in life. She told me it was a sign of strength.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today! Did you know I have a business called Fig and Lottie...named after my Scottish Auntie and Uncle. I have a Lottie Ave enameled sign that will soon be hanging in my new sewing room. I love your name!!

  5. Lottie, I am headed south from Michigan tomorrow morning and am so looking forward to the colors of Spring and then on to Palm trees. Thanks for sharing some hope for us northerners. :)

  6. Me too! I love the sight of them...confirming Spring is close!

  7. Hi Lottie! Oh, I love this poem and agree with the message! I have to keep telling myself - spring is on the way! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. What a beautiful poem, Lottie! I've never seen it before. It has such truth in it though.

    I hope Elizabeth is doing well :)

  9. I love your poem, Lottie! So glad that Spring is finally on it's way.