Saturday, March 17, 2012

Springtime in Wonderland Woods

Lady Spring has arrived in the magical world of Wonderland Woods dressed in her lovely gossamer gowns of tender new leaves and blossoms.  I sneaked a few photos for you to enjoy.

Red Trillium, photo by Starr White
 This lovely little lily, Trillium Erectum, is native to our woodlands.  Native Americans called it "birth root".  They would dry the roots and brew a tea from them that was used to treat women with menstrual problems and to induce labor when needed.  I love the deep maroon color and the beautiful variegated leaves. It's name, trillium, is derived from its distinctive three-leaved shape.  It is one of the very first things to emerge in early spring.  They are so plentiful in some areas that you can hardly walk without treading on them (although I try very hard not to!)
Wild Azalea, photo by Starr White
Many people call this breathtaking beauty a native of our woodland, but this isn't actually true since all species of rhododendron originated in China.  Being a lover of all things Asian, I feel that it's important to give credit where credit is due.  And really, it has that very distinctive Asian aesthetic, doesn't it?  Can't you just see this embroidered on a beautiful silk gown?  Or perhaps a kimono?  Or in one of those lovely paintings on silk?  One striking feature is the fact that it blooms before its leaves emerge, so you get the full impact of those gorgeous, ethereal pink blossoms seemingly floating in mid-air.  They are really early this year, and the surrounding trees and shrubs are still bare, which makes them stand out all the better.  Just spectacular!
Is there anything more bright and cheerful than daffodils?  I especially love the brilliant orange-frilled cups on this variety.
And last, but not least, my very own little lavender scented ode to Spring.....

A sweet little bluebird on a branch of cherry blossoms floating in an azalea cloud.  This one is stuffed with lavender, so it makes a lovely little sachet.  I think it would be nice hanging inside a closet or wardrobe or even on the knob of a dresser drawer.
Thanks for taking the time to stop and smell the flowers with me.  Happy Spring!

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