Finally by mid afternoon the rogue dandelion that started its life as red or russet buds changed to the more recognisable bright sunshine yellow!
The dandelion in the border as it first began to open up in February – red or russet in colour
The same dandelion in the border – first picture taken on Monday the second picture taken late afternoon today
It was worth leaving it in the border just to make sure that this was a normal dandelion – it could have been a new variety, perhaps deep orange, russet or red triggered by the change in the climate. Many frogs have taken on a red hue which some naturalists believe is due to the warmer conditions we have been experiencing.