And brought them home to mom, we planted them in her flowerbeds. Now, 45 years later, mom is gone to heaven, dad is in hospice and their grandson of 38 years now lives in their home dad built and enjoys flowerbeds full of trillium clusters. What a wonderful sight! They get bigger every year. They are first purple and then turn white...or is it the other way around...After reading Aunt Bett's story, I wonder how I did that. Of course, I am somewhat majical, I have had 7 near death experiences, 3 from tornados, 1 drowning, 1 childbirth death, 13 days in ICU from driving my m/c off a cliff to name a few majical deaths. I am truely blessed by nature and God!
You are truly blessed! And the trillium is just one of the "magical" moments. I am so glad you wrote.
And you weren't inhibited by transplanting the trillium...they died when we picked them, maybe if I took a chance and transplanted them, it would have worked. But I didn't, too much Aunt Bett influence.
Best wishes and more magic moments to you.
I have transplanted trillium too. Only from one place on my property (which is woods) to a shady spot nearer the house. I have done it over years before I had any inkling that it might not be legal. I really have just a few plants (maybe 10) but this is what I discovered in moving them: they have very, very, very very long, deep roots that are somewhat fragile. Success means a shovel not a trowel. At least to get them back the next year, you have to trace the root (it doesn't go straight down) and manage to get to its end without damaging it. It does end eventually then keep a good clump of the end soil attached. For replanting, a deep hole works best for these tiny precious things, but the long root can be coiled and layered with mulch in the process. I think that cutting that long root is the same as picking the flower. In tact though they DO live the season and come back the following year.
You are catching up on your reading, aren't you! So glad.
Yes I learned the hard way about trillium...it's that root that goes all the way to China that gets you every time. You are definitely doing it right, though, as long as its environment remains the same.