The native whites dwell happily under the tall pines, along with a Forest Pansy redbud, a red leaf cultivar of the pinky purple flowered native trees that blooms in tandem with the dogwoods. The white dogwoods are returning now, seedlings reaching blooming size after a devastating scourge of Anthracnose felled most of the mature specimens several years ago. It is a gladdening sight, the white bits amongst the woodland edges.
While I have always loved the red lantern flowers, this particular plant was a passalong gift from offspring Chickenpoet’s boys, MA and GA one year for my birthday. It is a treasure beyond measure and has even produced a couple of seedlings, now blooming size. Spread the wealth!
There are several trilliums growing here, we like to add them as they become available in various nursery forays. Some years they bloom, sometimes not, but Trillium luteum is the most reliable to produce its yellow clasping flowers each spring.
The newest addition of the three leaf lads, or lassies as the case may be, is the bent trillium, T. flexipes. A recent plant sale at the University of Tennessee arboretum was a wonder of wildflowers on offer. A very cold and windy day resulted in the breakage of one of the two bloom stalks on this plant while in transit. At least one survived to be photographed after it was planted safely back home.
This little beauty shows itself during the winter months, going dormant during the summer. Before blogging began, but after blog reading had started, I emailed a photo of this plant to Nan Ondra. She found the name, but it has been lost here in the crashing of computers since then. Does anyone know it? I believe it is a fern of some sort.
The ephemerals of springtime in the limited woodland area in the Fairegarden are most precious. The vagaries of weather can upset their delicate sensibilities. 2011 was a good year for the Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica, seen growing under the now large enough to provide shade Japanese Maple tree, Acer palmatum ‘Peaches And Cream’. Let us hope that portends good things for the rest of the growing season and beyond.
It has been determined that rather than just the one usual day, the fourth Wednesday of the month set aside for celebrating wildflowers, thanks to my dear friend Gail of Clay and Limestone, this entire week will be devoted to singing the praises of the native blooms and foliage. This may be considered part one. Stay tuned for parts two and three! Feel free to join in the fun, adding your links to Gail’s page.