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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Usual Spring Lineup

 
Today, I'll just share the wildflowers I saw last weekend. There is not a single unusual suspect in the lineup. But they are always welcome to see.

I was a little surprised to find some Bloodroot still blooming. It's often all done before the others come out. Actually, this is a little unusual because the leaves were open and the blossoms were still fresh. Generally, the flowers fade before the leaves unroll.

bloodroot

There were lots and lots of the Trout Lilies in bloom, also known as dogtooth violet or adder's tongue. I call them trout lily because it's easy to remember the spotted leaves look like a trout.

trout lily

Dutchman's Breeches. The leaf look-alike is Squirrel Corn, and You really can't tell the difference in the plants until they bloom. I haven't see Squirrel Corn in several years.

dutchman's breeches

Spring beauty in both pink and white. This is Carolina Spring Beauty. The Virginia variety has narrower leaves.

spring beauty

The triliums aren't blooming yet. But I did find some red ones in bud. They are a bit more rare than the white ones.

red trillium buds

And now for some leaves for reference- First we have hepatica. You usually don't find leaves with the flowers. The new leaves will grow after the flower fades. But here are some of last year's leaves, revealing that this one is Sharp Lobed Hepatica, Hepatica acutiloba.

sharp lobed hepatica leaves

And, maybe you remember that I showed you maroon baby leaves of the Lousewort or Wood Betony, but said they also come in green. Here are the green ones.

green lousewort leaves

That's certainly enough pictures for one post.

In other news: I finished my cleaning project. Hooray! One tiny space in the house is clean. I did two loads of laundry. Despite all the gloomy weather forecasts, today was gorgeous. Sun, breezy, 60 degrees. Perfect. And I finished another puzzle. It was quite easy, and I really, really like the picture. I'll show you tomorrow. I'm wasting a lot of time doing puzzles, but I'm beginning to get a tiny bit frustrated at the cancellation of normal life. Puzzles are an easy way to combat that.

See Wildflowers Everywhere

2 comments:

Ann said...

I love this time of year when everything is coming back to life.

The Furry Gnome said...

Same flowers are found here.

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