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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

In the Woods Again




A colony of Canada Mayflower (also called false lily-of-the-valley) above. No more trillium, no more trout lily, no more Dutchman’s breeches for another year. Jack-in-the-pulpit is still flowering in some areas, I discover, but finished in most. There are a few violets, but the majority of the baneberry blossoms are already going to berries, and the leaves of the leeks are lying flat on the ground, empty of their green. The forest canopy is filling in, and, for the most part, the season of woodland wildflowers is over for another year. I hope as many of my friends as possible were able to get to the woods this spring.

Here is a closer shot of Canada Mayflower, Maianthemum canadense, a member of the lily family. It was blooming in Houdek Dunes at the same time as the lady’s-slippers.


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