We found two wild Columbine plants on our roadside. Both have returned this year, doubled in size and given off twice as many blossoms. The intricacies of these flowers make them a favorite of mine. How could anything so delicate be so wild?
The woods surrounding out home are filled with jack-in-the-pulpits. We weren't sure if they would transplant so only brought in about a dozen. Most have returned and are sprouting jacks right now. We have this planted on the upper side of the path leading down to the stream so you can see Jack without bending over.
I like King Solomon's Seal not for the tiny flowers but for the effect a grouping of the plants makes together. It grows in an arching stem with large leaves shooting out to both sides and is effective in groups. About 50% of the plants we transplanted survived. We'll try more.
This wild geranium is really in its third year here. This beautiful flower grows along our roadside but generally as singletons. We transplanted a bunch and planted them in a clump. They not only have a wonderful flower in May but the leaf is very attractive after flowering is done.
The above plant is a very pretty ground hugging tiny darker leafed plant. We find them sparsely located in our woods. We were successful in planting a small grouping into a darker corner. It has a beautiful variegated leaf with red veins. Anyone know its name?
This gardening project started years ago with transplanting ferns. Ferns have done remarkably well both as dramatic accent plants and coverage for larger areas. They come back year after year and require very little maintenance - my type of gardening to be sure!
I used the Connecticut Botanical Society website for help in identifying the wild flowers.
Additional note on life: It has been gray, wet and rainy for a long stretch here in southern New England. I have been wanting to do this post for several days because the wild flowers are in bloom but the lighting for photography is so gray and flat. Finally, I took the pictures even though the day is again gray. No sooner do I finish this post than the sun comes out! I would have done it earlier had I known it would bring out the sunshine. Off the take more photos.
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