Deep in the forest, across the creek, there is an area that will soon be underwater, once the trees are cut down and a new dam is built.
There is where I looked for some spring ephemerals, flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow. As I walked through the woods, I wished I had spent a few minutes before hand looking through a wildflower book to refresh my memory not of blooms but of foliage.
I’m sure I probably passed up some “good stuff” not currently in bloom, but I didn’t have much time so I went after the obvious flowers.
Normally, I would not walk into a forest, find some flowers, dig them up, take them home and plant them in my garden. No one should be doing that!
But I know the owner of the forest, and I looked only in the area that in a few months will be the bottom of a new lake.
I did all right, coming home with these flowers…
Clockwise, from the top left, I found Jeffersonia diphylla (twinleaf), Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit), Phlox divaricata (blue woodland phlox), Enemion biternatum (Eastern false rue anemone), Viola spp. (white violets), and Trillium cuneatum (Trillium).
The pièce de résistance, however, may just be this moss-covered rock.
What gardener can resist a good rock like that?
Again, I repeat, I would not have dug up wildflowers in the woods if I did not have permission and the area was not going to be the bottom of a new lake in a few short months.
I was also careful to choose wildflowers that should not turn into thugs in my garden, though yes, I will keep my eye on that violet.
Once I brought the flowers home, I planted them in the only quasi woodland area of my garden, a shady spot beneath a Cercis canadensis tree (Eastern redbud). I planted them in a light drizzle and then watched as it rained for the next two days, ensuring that at the very least these plants won’t dry out right away.
To remind myself where these flowers are, and so I don’t accidentally plant something else there, I marked the area with some rocks. Eventually, once I’ve planted more plants in this tiny woodland garden, I’ll remove that fairy ring of rocks.
This is in keeping with the garden design, which calls for this area of the garden to be under planted with spring ephemerals and then become a quiet, restful spot in the garden for the rest of the year.
I’m looking forward now to next spring, to see which of these flowers return to remind me of a quiet morning spent in the forest.
If you’d like to read more posts about wildflowers, visit Clay and Limestone to find links to other blogs participating in Wildflower Wednesday, which takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month.