Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Early Golden Lily

Trout Lily
Erythronium americanum

We also know this delicate yellow woodland flower as the: yellow snowdrop, yellow fawn-lily, adder's tongue lily and dog-tooth violet.

Like the exquisite wild orchids of our northern woods, established colonies of trout lilies are reputed to be centuries old, and many are older than the trees under which they are growing so profusely. Every trout lily is a wonder to me in springtime — when I discovered this first one blooming after the recent heavy rains, I was almost euphoric. I wanted to kneel down and kiss the good dark earth where it was blooming. Small?? Indeed. Perfect??? Absolutely......

It's May, it's May, the merry month of May! Happy Beltane (May Day, Whitsun, Roodmas, Walburga, Floralia or Cetshamain) to each and every one of you.


Suzie Ridler said...

Blessed Beltane to you too! What a stunning gift from the Goddess, this lovely trout lily.

Anonymous said...

I need to go out looking for wild plants. Seems so early, probably because we had snow last week! Your photos are just lovely, as usual.

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated May Day to you as well. Shall I go out and dance around a pole?