Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A few "spring ephemerals"

On Sunday afternoon (17 April) I send a few minutes photographing wildflowers.  I found Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), and Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) in bloom.  I also photographed the foliage of Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) and Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum).

Wild Strawberry

Common Blue Violet


Dutchman's Breeches
Virginia Waterleaf and Large-flowered Trillium foliage

Where did I find these wildflowers?

They are just a few of the species of native plants that I have growing in the garden at our house.

Our garden is not all native plants.  We also have a number of spring-flowering bulbs in bloom right now such as tulips, allium, and grape hyacinth.  I like the color provided by these plants while we wait for the later-blooming native plants to flower.  There will be waves of color all growing season, with the biggest show coming in later summer as the asters, goldenrods, and coneflowers take the stage.

A view of the side (full sun) garden
Part of the front (shade) garden - the Bloodroot is just right of center


An Allium flower

Grape Hyacinth

There was also a couple of Common Dandelions flowering.  I should pull them before seeds develop, but right now they are providing nectar and pollen to dozens of tiny bees.

A tiny native bee feeding on Common Dandelion

Stay tuned for more updates.

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