Early spring is when all of my favorite wildflowers bloom. My garden has a few – hepatica, spring beauty, trillium – but the best place to see nearly every Minnesota ephemeral is the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. I visited on a sunny afternoon three weeks ago.
White trout lily:
and yellow trout lily:
Wild ginger’s shy flower:
Hepatica rising out of the carpet of oak leaves:
False rue anemone:
Bloodroot is my absolute favorite, possibly because they’re so delicate and so short-lived. This time I decided to take video of flowers blowing in the wind, with birds singing and bees buzzing in and out:
There was even a turkey roaming around, not at all concerned that I was watching:
Earlier this week, I returned to see what’s happening now. There are many more varieties, and the brown groundcover is quickly being replaced by new, green growth.
The bloodroot I filmed is long gone, the leaves growing large but being overtaken by invasive periwinkle:
Many varieties of violets:
I was wondering whether there are any jack-in-the-pulpits and literally before I finished that thought, I found one hiding among the leaves:
Several kinds of trilliums:
And coming soon: lots of wild geraniums.