Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Wild Flowers

My Mom, who has about five green thumbs, was down for a visit this past Easter weekend. We took a turn about the yard and she schooled me in the art of horticulture observation.

As it turns out, our yard is a regular woodland preserve; spring wild flowers abound!

Scattered far and wide you'll find Common Violets

and a smattering of Common Blue Violets.

Next up, Spring Beauty.
She's a wild flower with delicate, pale pink striations.

They are growing in bunches, sprinkled all over the yard. It's really quite beautiful. Tomorrow morning I half expect to see Snow White frolicking about with her seven dwarfs.

The next wild species, is also beautiful but bears the burden of an unfortunate name:
Cutleaf Toothwart.
I warned you. But don't worry lovely ladies! Here's some encouragement straight from the Bard himself:
"that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"

Next up, Yellow Trout Lilly:

They are going own this section of the yard once they bloom.

I think we have some stressed tulips here

and a stressed Hyacinth here.

This looks stressed as well. Any guesses? This one even stumped Mom.

Finally, a Wood Anemone
also known as a Wind Flower. Doesn't that sound beautiful?

And now for the moment we've all been waiting for:
the unveiling of the mystery plant.

Too bad. I'm not going to tell you here because it is not a spring flower!
You'll have to wait until tomorrow when I cover the summer plants that have begun to sprout all over the yard.