May 16, 2019

As the Woodland Awakens

Various woodland plants, including Trillium grandiflorum, Hydrophyllum virginianum, and Geranium maculatum, all of which were planted by Mother Nature in this location.

In the woodland, every year is different. While some things stay the same, others shift and change.

As in past years, the expected ephemerals have shown their faces. What's different is that some have moved their locations, while others suffered damage from an overpopulation of rabbits.

I can't show you the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) because the rabbits ate them. Oh, I know I could try Technique A and Technique B to repel the rabbits (I did try several rabbit repellents, and they didn't work for the Mertensia). But my original plan was to encourage Virginia Bluebells to colonize freely in the woodland. That won't be happening here, on this property. Although I plan to plant some native Alliums around them...

The rabbits also trampled the Trillium erectum plants just as those beautiful plants were about to bloom. Bye-bye for this year.

Podophyllum peltatum

The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) (just about to bloom) are sparser this year. I think it's because the neighbors who border that part of the woodland cut down several large trees--dousing the Mayapple patch in too much sun. Perhaps that will encourage other wildflowers to fill in.

T. grandiflorum

T. grandiflorum might colonize a little more with the increased light on the forest floor.

T. sessile

Same with T. sessile.

Arisaema triphyllum

We always have quite a few Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) and this year is no exception.

Asarum canadense

The Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) is spreading, and I'm very happy about that.

Claytonia virginica

Enemion biturnatum

I thought I'd lost the Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica) and the False Rue Anemone (Enemion biturnatum), but those patches had simply shifted location slightly.

Viola pubescens

Viola sororia

Other plants that have changed, yet stayed the same, are the Violets, including the yellow Viola pubescens and the various shades of blue Viola sororia. They've moved around, but as always there are many of them in various colorful shades.

The woodland is awake!


  1. My dream garden is a woodland garden, which regrettably isn't possible to create in my own area. I love all those spring ephemerals. The bunny horde not so much. The bunnies made a relatively brief appearance here this year - but then the hawks and the coyotes showed up.

    1. I'm very happy with the woodland, but I think I would enjoy your conditions, too, Kris--especially in the winter. Re: the rabbits...unfortunately, we have a great burst of housing and building development in the area lately, which has driven away the coyotes. We still have hawks, but not enough. The rabbits are rampant.

  2. Those furry beasts. They are so annoying and destructive. UGH... Your woodland is looking lovely despite them. My mertensia came up this year but didn't bloom. Same with Dutchman's Breeches. I don't know what that was all about. Strange. This has been a strange and wonderful spring. I am not complaining.

    1. Yes, they are. Sorry to hear about your VA Bluebells and Dutchman's Breeches. It has been a weird spring, and now with the milder weather everything is blooming at once. It's beautiful, but crazy!

  3. Beth, these woodland treasures are so delightful. Just lovely.

    1. Thank you, Susie. It's funny that even though these flowers are so short-lived, but the woodland seems most at peace and homey this time of year. :)


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