Naturalist

Spring Wildflowers

On my weekend (everyone else’s Monday) I squeezed in a trip over to Cox Arboretum, where there is a special garden. Woodland wildflowers tend to be difficult to cultivate, but they have succeeded, and filled out the garden with crowd-favorite domestics. It was an enchanting place to walk through and photograph, and introducing the Jr Mad Scientist to botany turned into an exciting field trip that left her wondering aloud as we drove home about becoming a florist, and could I get her a book on the language of flowers? I also was able to prove to her that yes, there were green flowers, which someone had told her did not exist. It was a glorious day.

False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum)
Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginiana)
Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)
Toadshade (Trillium sessile)
Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

For me, it was a day of firsts – I had never before photographed Bloodroot or the sessile Trillium. I need to make my life-list back up and start checking these off!

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