Wildflower Week: Bloodroot

“Medicinally, bloodroot was used to treat coughs and stomach and urinary troubles,” Martha said. “The Iroquois also brewed a tea that they believed made the heart stronger and cleansed the blood of impurities. And they used it as a love charm.” “A love charm,” I repeated thoughtfully. “I suppose that was because of its association […]

Wildflower Week: Trout Lily

Deep in the forests of Georgia, at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve, millions of Trout Lilies bloom every spring. Sprawling across 15 acres of the preserve, this is the largest known colony of Trout Lilies that is suspected to have thrived in this location for hundreds of years. But you need not wander that […]

Wildflower Week: Bloodroot

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis, is also known by folkname as Indian Paint, Indian Plant, King Root, Sweet Slumber, and Tetterwort. It is a small perennial growing up to six inches tall, and thrives best sheltered along wet banks, in fields, and in shady woods with rich soils in North America. It is one of the earliest […]

Wildflower Week: Violets

When I was little, my parents owned a Sing Along with Mitch Miller and the Gang album. It didn’t take too long to learn every song by heart, including this little gem, which I can’t seem to get out of my head this time of year! Sweet Violets 
Sweeter than the roses
 Covered all over […]

Wildflower Week: Spring Beauty

Above is the spring wildflower know as Spring Beauty or Claytonia virginica. Found in Eastern North America, its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton. This from the British Natural History Museum: John Clayton (1694-1773) was one of the early collectors of plant specimens in Virginia, where he was Clerk to the County Court […]

Wildflower Week: Dutchman’s Breeches

From The Spirit of Gardening: Reflections on the True Joys of Gardening by Jeff Cox “We planted the Dutchman’s breeches and kept it watered, but the foliage withered and died by mid-May…I’d pretty much forgotten about it when, on a balmy April evening this year…I noticed a large mass of feathery, ferny foliage by the […]

Indescribably Magnificent World

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller • • • Photo ©2012, Jen Payne, periwinkle (vinca minor)