For this Wildflower Wednesday, I'm sharing ephemerals and wildflowers making an appearance during the past week or so:
Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica) with their shiny petals and pink pollen.
Bloodroots (Sanguinaria canadensis), which emerge, unfurl, take my breath away, and go to seed within days.
Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) that start as tiny, folded umbrellas and unfold to colonize along the forest floor.
Wild Gingers (Asarum canadense), a favorite ground cover in my garden--I'm trying to encourage them to spread. The shy little flowers are fascinating and the foliage is sweet.
Jacks-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), which are just getting started this week. These last a little longer, and in a good year seem to number in the hundreds our little woods.
False Rue Anemones (Enemion biternatum)--I'm seeing more this year, which makes me happy.
And Great White Trilliums (Trillum grandiflorum), which reduced in numbers during the drought of 2012 but appear to be making a comeback. We also have a patch of Red Trilliums (T. erectum) at a similar stage, which I'll plan to share in a future post.