Friday, March 23, 2012

In Our Woods

March 17 2012 The first wildflower showing here in our woods was Round-lobed Hepatica that I transferred from my parents property about 6 years ago.  When I was young I remember this plant would come up in the "lawn" and all through the woods.  I remember picking the flowers to put in little vases and I remember eating the petals of the hepatica.  After my parents died and we sold the property,  I dug up a big clump of the hepatica and they have done very well here on our property 3 miles down the road from my homestead.  And a funny thing is we live in the woods, mostly dry woods, quite like the woods where I grew up, but our woods have no hepatica, except for this clump that I planted, why? 
It's been hot here in west Michigan, record breaking temperatures, too hot, but there is nothing you can do about it except go with the flow and don't sweat it.  Ha that's all I have been doing is sweating!  Anyway, back to the wildflowers.  
Round-lobed Hepatica

 Round-lobed Hepatica just opening

Hepatica can be purple, blue, pink, or white, this group is always a deep purple.  
An exciting find I made a few years ago, here in our woods  (actually in the woods of my brother-in-law, who lives next door to us), is Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens)!   Trailing Arbutus has flowers that are pink, fading to nearly white and very fragrant.  The leaves are leathery and are green year round.
Trailing Arbutus
Well that's all for now, time for a walk.


8 comments:

kayak1 said...

Beautiful...

Plants Amaze Me said...

Kayak1, thanks. So you got Mike out to kayak that was good. And we got lots of the wood split at Uncle George's last night, still more to do but now it's raining. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

quietsolopursuits said...

Beautiful photos of the flowers! I hope I can remember their names for a change, must be old age creeping up on me.

flowerdave said...

Thanks , hope i can get some time to go romping in the woods this weekend , with this weather some flowers have probably come and gone already.

Plants Amaze Me said...

quietsolopursuits, Thanks I used my new elbow bi-pod to get a more steady shot, ha ha. It seems every Spring I need to relearn the names of the wildflowers, books help. :)

Plants Amaze Me said...

flowerdave, Yeah get out when ever you can, the hepatica is pretty much done already here but there are lots more wildflowers to come. Just enjoy, thanks for stopping by the blog. :)

New Hampshire Gardener said...

Those are beautiful shots of beautiful Flowers!

Plants Amaze Me said...

New Hampshire Gardener, thanks, we went from winter to spring\summer very quickly here in Michigan. Today is cooler and beautiful outside. Thanks for stopping by, I see you just posted I'll have to check that out quick, since I'm already outside with this touchpad.