Monday, March 22, 2010
I just want to tell you...
In my part of Oregon, the trillium have started to bloom!
The dark, rainy Oregon days are giving way to pale blue skies and gentler breezes:
On my walk this morning, I noticed many trillium are already fully open:
While others are just starting to think about it:
These blooms will change color as they age, turning different shades of pink and light purple:
Some of the trillium are quite tall:
Others appear almost miniature:
If you pick a trillium bloom, it takes years for the plant to recover:
For this reason, it's actually illegal in Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington state to pick trillium from public land:
I read on Wikipedia today that mice and ants are the ones to spread the trillium seed. I wonder if this is true.
In the less woodsy, more cultivated areas of my property, other spring growth is putting on a pretty display, too.
The daffodils are in full bloom (pay no attention to the as-yet unpruned pear tree in the background...):
The rhubarb seems to have practically exploded from the ground overnight:
The flowering pear has buds almost ready burst:
The snow drops with their delicate little bells:
and the grape hyacinth:
all fill my garden with their soft spring scent.
And then there were these two, little spring flowers, waiting to be let out for the day:
Would you believe me if I told you that these boys smell as good to me as many of the beautiful spring flowers? They do!!
The hummingbirds are back.