Thursday, May 13, 2010

Springing of the Year

"Oh give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away as the uncertain harvest; Keep us here all simply in the springing of the year."

Robert Frost
A Prayer of Spring - 1915

Comfrey or Knit Bone blossoms

Carolina Allspice, Sweet Bubby Bush or Calycanthus floridus
These blossoms smell fabulous.

A showy early blooming white Iris

A Georgia O'Keeffe style camera shot of a pale purple/blue Iris

Two tone Iris

Rescued from someone's pile at curbside this older Iris has smaller blooms than the more modern hybrids but it produces many more flowers per stem.


Trillium sulcatum or Southern Red trillium

Trillium is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants. At maturity, the base and core of the trillium ovary turns soft and spongy. Trillium seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants extract the seeds from the decaying ovary and take them to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes and put the seeds in their garbage, where they germinate in the rich, trashy growing medium.

That explains how this plant showed up in one of my front yard flower beds.

Lemon tree blossom

Lemon tree very pretty,
And the lemon flower is sweet,
But the fruit of the poor lemon,
Is impossible to eat.

This lemon tree is potted and lives in my garage during the worst of winter weather. It is a Meyer Lemon and produces several lemons for me each year.

One of my earlier Peonies

Go outside and spend some time enjoying the springing of this year.



  1. Chinese to English translation:
    Enjoy your own life, not in comparison with others.