Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wishing for Spring

I like snow. Honestly. But, I am so over it. Four inches yesterday paired with bitter cold just about did it. Yuck.

So, I am wishing for spring today and have been looking through some of my ephemeral wildflower pictures.

Trout Lily

I love Trout Lilies. One of the first spring wildflowers. The speckled leaves, spotted like a trout, give it its name.

Hepatica

Hepatica comes in many color varieties. I have seen snowy white, pale to vivid pink, but this deep blue is easily my favorite.

Bloodroot

Its delicate white petals make Bloodroot a crowd favorite. This is one you have to get out early to see, for a strong wind or rain will knock the petals right off. The root, if broken, produces a deep red liquid similar to blood, hence the name.

Dutchman's Breeches

Like little pantaloons strung on a clothesline, Dutchman's Breeches is a uniquely shaped flower that is realted to Bleeding Hearts. This one always makes me smile. I love hearing kids giggle about the name.

Hope you enjoyed this small taste of spring. I can't wait until it is here to stay.

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2 comments:

Tricia said...

Wow, beautiful flowers, I can't wait! I'm "woodchuckling" over your last post, something else I noticed that we can whine about is that it appears that all of the groundhog weather forcasters are male, at least the names are all masculine. Looks like the glass ceiling has kept all the shehogs safe in their burrows. Maybe in this case, it's a good thing.

Janet Creamer said...

"Woodchuckling"-how funny. I never even noticed that their weren't any female groundhog forecasters in the mix. They must all be getting their beauty sleep :)