In our woodland garden: Trillium

Trillium flowers face downward, so my photos this year are largely of the underside of the blooms.  Last year, in trying to position one for a better photo, I damaged it.  I didn’t want a repeat performance this Spring.  The state of Georgia where I live has more trillium species than anywhere else in the…

Trilliums

I nearly missed the trilliums this year.  They are native plants here in Georgia, and our state has more indigenous trillium species than any other state in the U.S.  Every year we have a few trilliums blooming in our woodland garden, but they are easy to miss because they are so close to the ground, and…

In Our Woodland Garden: Wild Ginger

“Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but rush’d or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around.” (Oliver Goldsmith) Native to North America, the Southern Heartleaf Wild Ginger is found in shady woodland areas and for centuries was used for medicinal and culinary purposes, first by Native Americans and then by European…

Ferns on the hillside

“In summers golden warmth. The fern unclasps bronze knuckles. Letting loose its grip on the fronds within. They unroll. Natures green spirals. Rising from moist ground. To open a green crown with a joyous fanfare Of feathered intricacy.” By Miki Byrne   http://mikibyrnepoems.blogspot.com/2011/05/poem-about-ferns.html The ferns on the small slope behind our house are lovely this year.  With…