Here I am squeaking by again on a meme. But I just had to share these beauties before they fade. I took a walk in the woods and found some surprises.
|Sanguinaria canadensis L.|
It’s kind of embarrassing, but I didn’t even know we had Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis L.) on the property. As I’ve said before, I haven’t fully explored the wooded part of the lot. Sure, I’ve walked back there, but I haven’t documented all the plants. These little beauties were bobbing in the wind and their vivid white caught my eye as I scanned the horizon for wildflowers. In the morning, the flowers folded up to protect their centers, and later in the day they unfolded with the warmth and the sun.
On the other hand, I knew we had Mayapples (Podophyllum L.). I just didn’t know there were so many!
They’re carpeting the forest floor at this point. And I’d never captured photos of them before at this stage of their growth. I love this shot because it shows the foliage in a variety of forms—from tightly curled around the stem, to mostly unfurled. They’re not blooming yet, but Mayapples are a fun plant to watch—from emergence to bloom to fruitfulness.
Bugbane (Actaea racemosa L.) is making its annual expected appearance.
|Actaea racemosa L.|
This wildflower grows at the back of a planned perennial bed. It looks like a reaching hand right now, but later in the season it will tower over other plants in the garden, supplying structure and a frame for lower-growing plants.
I was actually on a hunt for one of my favorites—Trillium Grandiflorum. I didn’t see any emerging yet, but they’ll likely make an appearance any day now.
For more Wildflower Week posts, check out the excellent list at Clay and Limestone.