Thursday, April 26, 2012

Woodsy/Rural Thursday

 Trout lilies

Wildflowers are blooming beneath hardwood forests, a favourite time of year for me and my camera. Trout lilies grow in colonies that can be - can you believe this - as much as 300 years old!

 Dutchman's breeches

The blooms are said to resemble pantaloons hanging upside-down. Seeds of Dutchman's breeches are spread by ants.

Canadian wild ginger

Usually the heart-shaped leaves are seen first since the flower is hidden below them where beetles and other crawling insects  fertilize them.

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Rural Thursday

37 comments:

Kathy said...

I always love your spring wildflowers photos!

Andy said...

Okay, thanks to your posting I am heading to the hiking trails.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How cool that their colonies come back for so many years!

Jann Olson said...

I love your woodland flowers. The Dutchman Breeches are too cute! I can definately see the pantaloons.
Hugs,
Jann

Susan said...

love the flowers. Different than what I'm used to seeing. Beautiful photos!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Add some fiddle-heads and wild leeks and poof... dinner. :)

Lovely photos and informative post.

ormbunke said...

Ljuvliga blommor. Ha de gott

Gillian Olson said...

Both those flowers are new to me and so interesting, thanks for sharing.

Lois Evensen said...

Very pretty. New Spring flowers are always so lovely. Nice images.

Paul in Powell River said...

The lillies are esp. nice - and I didn't know we had such a thing as wild ginger!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Love the names of your wildflowers EG, and 300 year old colonies, how fantastic! I bet they look wonderful when they come out in the masses.

TexWisGirl said...

your first two shots and blooms reminded me SO much of my childhood in Wisconsin! loved those wildflowers!

Nancy said...

Such interesting-looking woodland flowers. And I appreciate your descriptions. :)

Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursday this week. xoxo

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I had never heard of trout lilies before. I googled them and they, or at least a variant, grow in some of the preserves and parks of Oklahoma.

RedPat said...

Lovely, EG, especially the trout lilies!

Small City Scenes said...

Woodland plants are a favorite topic of mine. We have many types growing in the woods but it has been so wet I just haven't been exploring yet.

Love the window variety. MB

Amy Burzese said...

Woodland flowers are great. Thanks for sharing these!

edenhills said...

Beautiful! I love the wild flowers.

see you there! said...

Woodland wildflowers, the stuff of fairy tales. Love the britches.

Darla

Tabor said...

Thank you for the visit. Enjoying this lovely photos of overlooked flowers.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful nature shots! :)

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Love your wood lot flowers. I need to get out in our woods.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love wildflowers -- familiar with the middle one, the other two are new to me. Amazing to learn about the trout lily colonies.

Lowell said...

You have some very wild wildflowers. I mean, really! Pantaloons? Of course I would not know a pantaloon from a looney tune, but still! And those trout lilies hang the wrong way. What's that all about? And before you say it, I refute any comment that trout lily colonies are as old as I am!

Put that in your ginger and snap it!

Heh, heh!

Shammickite said...

Did you find all these flowers in York Regional Forest?
I just came back from UK, lots of wild flowers blooming there.

Janie said...

Great photos of the wildflowers. The trout lilies are lovely!

George said...

These are beautiful wildflowers. I really like the Dutchman Breeches.

Rose said...

I always ;pve trout lilies...and dutchman's breeches...and just about any woods plant.

Stephanie said...

I really like your wildflowers shots. The first one almost resembles the Fawn Lilies that we have here in BC.

Marie said...

Such interesting and different flowers! I really enjoyed hearing about them and seeing the photos!

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots!

I can see a face in the wild ginger! Or am I just going mad?

RuneE said...

It is always interesting to see flowers that are unknown to me - but obviously from spring!

Buttons said...

Oh it looks like you are just a little ahead of us I am waiting for trout lilies and dutchmen britches.
Thanks for the photo of the ginger I have never noticed it here I will be taking another look. B

kaye said...

that's a pretty amazing fact about the trout lilies. loved your pics today.

Judy said...

Dogtooth colonies can be 300 years old?!?! How can they tell? Do you know why so many of the leaves seem to have no flowers associated with them? I have never seen wild ginger. May be too cold here...

NixBlog said...

Love these wildflower shots! Please feel free to post them up on Floral Friday Fotos - I am sure the people visiting there would love to see them:

http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love all these! There are huge patches of trout lilies in the woods behind my house.

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