I paid another visit to the woods yesterday morning with the intention of looking for the Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) which I knew ought to be in bloom by this time (they are later than last year). Well, I found them, and many other things besides! 😊
There are a couple of good-sized clumps around, as well as a few solitary flowers popping up in unexpected places. At one point I was looking for another plant but brushed against something with my hand and when I looked down, it was another Yellow Lady's Slipper!
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum) is very abundant in wet places. I pretty much ignored it last summer, but now I think it's beautiful!
Wild Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sp.)...these were here before I planted the ones in my garden.
I passed lots of Meadow Buttercups (Ranunculus acris) in the field on my way to the woods...some of the flowers are quite large and so perfect!
Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis)...
A lovely patch of Canadian Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum canadense) and Starflower (Lysimachia borealis)...
Bunchberry Dogwood (Cornus canadensis)...notice the variegated leaves on these! This is a very common plant in these woods (in some places the ground is literally carpeted with them!) but these were the only ones I've seen like this!
Sourtop Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtilloides) are in bloom...I will have to check these later in the summer for berries!
The Pink Lady's Slippers (Cypripedium acaule) are in full bloom also! And there are even more of them than I remembered from last year!
The white-flowered form (Cypripedium acaule var. alba) seems to be even more abundant than the pink.
A magical spot!
I have often regretted that there are no violets in these woods...or so I thought! So I was delighted yesterday when, while making my way through an area so wet and muddy I wasn't expecting to find anything of interest, all of a sudden a tiny flower at my feet caught my eye! This is Kidney-leaved or Northern White Violet (Viola renifolia). There were quite a few of them in this area, but it must be nearing the end of their blooming time as there were only a few flowers left.