Things I See Around Town: Buttercups

Travelling about town I spied a field of buttercups in front of an abandoned house. I think they are beautiful.


When we were kids, it was fun to put a buttercup under someones chin. If the reflection were yellow under the chin, it meant that person liked butter. Not surprisingly, your reflection was yellow whether you liked butter or not.

Do you have another idea of what a buttercup under a chin can reveal about a person?

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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14 Responses to Things I See Around Town: Buttercups

  1. Liz says:

    Lovely field of buttercups. I grew up with the same story as you. Put a buttercup under the chin; if the chin is yellow, you like butter,


  2. Julie says:

    We say just the same over here and we all liked butter! I love fields of Buttercups, they are only just beginning to flower over here.


  3. Cathy says:

    Oh yes, I remember that too! Lovely to see a whole field of yellow… we have a field of dandelions just opening near us.


  4. pbmgarden says:

    What a lovely sight. I know the same story and definitely love butter. I haven’t really seen (or been aware of) buttercups in years.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Susie. They seem to be everywhere along the roads right now.


  6. mjarz says:

    What a pretty field. I had always heard that saying but we did not have butterflies so we used dandelions instead!


  7. Christina says:

    Isn’t it great that this is done by children all over the world?


  8. bittster says:

    Buttercups under the chin are new to me!
    I love all the color in that lawn. We had a formerly gravel driveway which had been invaded by buttercups and violets. Spring was fantastic!


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