Spring ephemerals typically bloom in May here. We have many growing at our new home that didn’t grow wild at our old home, plus there are many that I acquired through purchase or trade while at the old house that I brought over with me.Here are a few of my favorites.Bluets grew in the lawn at my husband’s childhood home, great patches of sky-blue in grass a little on the long side. Several times I took a chunk of bluets (Houstonia caerulea) from my in-laws’ lawn and transplanted it into ours, attempting to replicate the exact conditions, but to no avail. The bluets never returned in our lawn the following year. And yet, here they are in our new lawn. I hope they stay. The white form of rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) grows wild at our old house. I have yet to see it at our new house, but I have this dainty pink form thanks to a generous friend. I once saw a shooting star growing along the shoulder of a country road in our former county, but never since. The Dodecatheon amethystinum pictured here was purchased from a nursery that is no longer in business. Jacks-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) grow plentifully along the side brook (see map). Some have green striping in the hood, and some have brown striping. But you can see that the brown must have red pigment in it when you view a Jack that is backlit.
Also Blooming Now
Trillium erectum (finishing up)
Early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
Solomon’s seal (not sure which one)
Lady’s smock (Cardamine pratensis)
Twin-leaf toothwort (Cardamine diphylla)
Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Narcissus x medioluteus I used to call this Irish Laddie before I knew what it was.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.