My brother was describing these plants he saw in the park, and I thought maybe trilliums or something, so I went and looked at break time. I was really surprised, I don't think I've seen trout lilies before. The ground was covered with them, so I guess they can't be too hard to grow, if they're in the right spot. They were growing under tall trees, not too far from a stream. Maybe I'll look for seeds, if I can remember...
I really liked the Dicentra. I bet they're really easy to grow, if they're anything like bleeding hearts.
One more trout lily pic:
We are still weeks away from the wildflowers starting, except for this one.
This Round-lobed Hepatica was found a few years back, when my SIL was camping early in our woods and raked the leaves off from it.
(they bloom hidden under the leaves)
The next year I found it and moved it to an area by the house. It has thrived.
I do have to find it under the leaves though.
I am sure there are others in the woods, (if I wanted to rake all the leaves to find them)
It has several blooms, but this is the first couple to open.
Oh, here's one. Nerve-Ray or Squarebud Daisy it's called. It's grows in the area (but not in my own neighborhood). For some reason it doesn't want to stick around very long if I move one or two into the yard. Putting seeds out does no good either, apparently. But I sure do like it!
Nice Trill. All that is zone 4b already? That is something.
Here we always seem to go from 30's to 70's in a day, then when you get the shorts out, it is back to 30's again. Usually the plants and trees are not even fooled by the early warmth.
This year though, it stuck around even reaching 80's for 3 weeks. The plants couldn't stand it, the birds, bugs and bees, could not wait. Now, we are in the twenties this morning. I am afraid there will be lots of damage.
Walking yesterday I saw many plants at least a week early. I even found wild strawberry blossoms.
The cold is suppose to continue. These may be the only pics I get of some of my wildflowers.
Here is a trillium ready to bloom (from yesterday)
At first I was going to say your Anemonella thalictroides photo is Anemone quinquefolia, native here, but I don't think that's quite right either. But it is not A. thalictroides. Rue anemone will have multiple flowers per stem (on most flowering stems), and flowers often possess more than five petals. The leaves are also differently shaped, more like a paddle. BTW, Anemonella thalictroides is now Thalictrum thalictroides. I have a really bad pic of MN native T.t. below. Google will do much better.
So, I am wondering what that is in your photo. I suppose there could be a wide species variation of quinquefolia. But I suspect that, whereever you are, you may have a species I am not familiar with. It doesn't look like the Isopyrum biternatum (now Enemion biternatum) that is native here either.
We have wood anemone here, but yesterday I found what I think is a rue anemone on my walk in the woods. (never saw it before) It does have 3 flowers per stem, the leaves look right, but only 5 petals per flower.
It is not A. quinquefolia. I agree it is not thalictroides, like I said I confuse them sometimes, not so much the plant just the name. Kind of like I know the difference between a gadwall and widgeon, yet I can't get over flip flopping them even though I know what they are!
I strongly beleive it is Enemion (Isopyrum) biternatum. All of the databases and herbariums I have been searching seem to verify that, Yes, it could have a local variance from what is found in your area. Could you be more specific as to why you think it is not?
Trillium, the Enemion that grow here are always taller(up to a foot), and mounding. Always more than one set of leaves per stem, and each set at a different node on the stem (and making the stem taller). In fact, I don't think I have ever seen one grow so low to the ground. This mounding is part of the description of the species, but I sure don't see depictions of it via a quick google. All the google pics I see are just like yours. So I have to backtrack, and concede my fault. It is biternatum.
Do you think they can create hybrids? We have all three of those species growing here sometimes even mixed together. I grouped quinquefolia in with them for the longest time because they would all be together. Hmm maybe I have discovered a new variant!!! lol
All the above photos you have shared on this thread are found in the NE Georgia Mountain- many are done blooming, like our Trout Lilies, which were over by mid March.
Currently blooming are Showy Orchis and Pink Lady Slippers- my son is especially taken with the native orchids and roams most weekends looking for them. This time it really paid off!!!
We spent about 30 minutes with this clump of Large Yellow Lady Slippers, taking lots of photos and them left them as we found them, 14 plants and 16 blossoms. There were several other "colonies" in the area of 3-7 plants.
Oh, what a treasure. We have had 4 of them blooming at once, but the last couple years only the plants. I think the yellow lady slippers are lovely! Aren't they amazing!
How can something like that grow wild in the swamp???
Unbelievable! These yellow slippers are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing this terrific photo.
Isn't it a miracle that such places still exist and people can get to them to enjoy the incredible beauty of nature?
I remember going fishing with my husband in Canada. We parked and he handed me the fishing poles and a bucket and he dragged the canoe through the swamp to the stream (for about a half mile) to get to a lake.
Well, I cannot manage walking through all that with a couple of long fishing poles as fast as he can jump around all the water and muck and drag the canoe full of supplies, so he was way ahead.
I came to a knoll and saw hundreds of pink lady slippers. I had to stop, I was in such awe. (of course he had the camera in the canoe and was NOT coming back) I was just floored by how these were hidden back in the bush. We have a spot of an acre or so that has 50 on it here in our woods at home. But to see solid pink for about a half acre was the most amazing scene. I sure wish I would have gotten that picture.
North American elderberry is a pioneer tree/shrub to recolonize area.
It will be pushed out by trees as they grow to the edges where there's more sun.
If you plant it in too deep shade, it won't die but you won't get as many flowers/berries.
If you are planning on using the berries/flowers, you want to make sure you got
Sumbucus nigra or Sumbucus nigra ssp americana (black berries) not
Sumbucus racemosa (red berries).
In any event I love this shrub in the natural setting. Mind you it's shape is not regular
and it has die back so you may want to look at a number of them in native setting and
see if that's the look you are going for.
That's exactly the kind of place I found toothwort this spring - Cardamine concatenata, or maybe another species.
That reminds me, thanks for the Helenium seeds! I forgot to mention that they arrived.
Aren't those marsh marigolds amazing. They just look like they should be in a pot on the deck or something.
I moved some to another marshy area where I frequently walk. They are really, really hard to transplant. I did have some success though.
(had acres of the plants, so if I lost a couple, I thought no big deal)
The plant seems to have a root that goes down to China and grows into many tree roots. Very hard to dig up and not break off at the root.
Most wildflowers in the woods stay there. And I leave them where they are found. But moving plants from your own property another spot on your own property is legal and I do it sometimes during certian conditions.
There has to be many of the plants in case the move does not take.
The plant is in an area where it will be killed due to the DH riding over it with a quad. (on the trail)
(sometimes I will block a trail until the plant can no longer be harmed)
I otherwise do not recommend moving wildflowers.
Wild geraniums are just starting. One thing I am noticing this spring is the huge variance in how fast plants of the same species are growing. Like these, some are starting, and others are weeks away. Not that I mind if it will extend the bloom time!
I think I already posted a pic of these, labrador violets, but this year is the best I have ever seen them bloom. I've seen nursery specimens covered in blooms, but mine never looked that way. Ths year they are just loaded with blossoms. I have some of these mixed in with wild stone crop ( S. ternatum) and it really makes a striking combo of color.
That particular one is in almost 100% shade. I have them in almost full sun as well and they are doing fine. I have some in lighter. sandier soil, and they seem to be smaller. I think they favor a rich shadier spot, but they seem to be pretty adaptable. I planted about 100 last year and I have been anxiously awaiting their bloom!!
frostweed wrote:I hear that trout lilies take seven years from seed to bloom and they dye after they bloom and make seed, so if you want them blooming continuous years you have to plant seed seven years in a row.
They transpalt easily and will bloom the following year. They seem to spread fairly quickly as well.