My current favourite wildflower along the boardwalk is the globe flower.
These flowers are curiously solid in structure and as the name suggests, globe like in shape.
The bright yellow flower is actually made of the sepals of the plant, with the petals being much smaller and inside the flower. On most flowers the sepals are green and leaf-like structures which act as protection for the petals.
They are also known as troll-flowers, as evil fairy folk are thought to prepare poison in them. This explains why they are poisonous to livestock and maybe why their Latin name is Trollius europaeus. . .
Rhian – Seasonal Ranger