Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bloodroot

Bloodroot (sanguinaria canadensis) are the first wildflowers to appear in our northern woods in springtime, and finding them in bloom on the Two Hundred Acre Wood is a sure sign that we are on our way "into the green".

Delicate creatures all, they're not brightly colored or showy, but their slight incandescence, snowy veined petals and golden hearts show up at quite a distance in the woodland. Yesterday, I could see this colony from right across the ridge - the blooms glowed like lighted lanterns from their deep and shady hollow.

4 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

Those are so delicate and beautiful! I am amazed by all the flowers around you. I found out today from a neighbour who stopped by that our magnolia tree (which I thought was pussy willows, LOL) is the first thing to bloom in our neighbourhood and it's just getting ready now! I feel like we're so behind, doesn't help that we had some snow yesterday.

GreenishLady said...

How beautiful! Thank you for bringing this delicate treasure so close.

Shelli said...

I have to say - it's nice seeing some blossoms and greenery in your pictures. Not that the snow isn't beautiful!

CarolynLBoyd said...

My bloodroot just finished blooming, too! I love this flower maybe above all others because it is the first brave herald of spring and it is so simple, yet beautiful and elegant. I plant it with my sweet woodruff and the two of them just keep on flourishing by themselves even when most everything else is whining for attention.