I love Trout Lilies. One of the first spring wildflowers. The speckled leaves, spotted like a trout, give it its name.
HepaticaHepatica comes in many color varieties. I have seen snowy white, pale to vivid pink, but this deep blue is easily my favorite.
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.
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.