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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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)

A Walk with Spring

Marsh Marigold in bloom Tree buds against a blue sky Violets along the path Sweet little Rue-anemone Finding Dutchman’s Breechees Skunk Cabbage invades Early ferns and spirit light Turtles sunbathing • • • Photos ©2012, Jen Payne

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