The Dogwoods always bloom for Mother’s Day. While in the Christian tradition dogwoods are associated with Easter, here they open after Easter and bloom for Mother. Maybe this says something about the sacrifice mothers make for their (lost) children… Back to botony.
Mid-Spring is also the time when the bulbs have faded and the perennial flowers, wild and domestic, take the stage. Every year, we are surprised by the clusters of small, wild irises which casacde over the edges of embankments and hide among the grasses of the field.
The columbine sneaks about the garden, showing up here one year and there another. While our eyes are diverted to the branches of the fruit trees, the columbine send up delicate stocks then shout, “Fooled ya!”. It mixes in among the other spring flowers and emerging perennial leaves.
While not really a spring flower, asparagus comes up the same way. We go out each day, watching the mounds from last years roots, wondering where the delicate and delectible shoots will pop up through the mulch. It is sort of a race too, for after the asparagus shoot grow about 10 inches
tall, they begin to open their branches, eluding the dinner plate for the year. We play this game every couple of days for several weeks, purposely letting enough stalks grow to replenish the plants for next year’s hunt.
Money Plant and Dame’s Rocket have similar purple flowers, but different leaves and seeds. Money Plant’s blooms are just beginning to fade as Dame’s Rocket come into bloom. Money Plant’s name appears to come from the round, flat seeds which look to be about the size of a silver dollar. I’m not sure of the origin of Dame’s Rocket’s name, but in the right conditions it can grow well above the other Spring biennials at 4+ feet tall.
The herb garden is just beginning to send up stalks of flowers. This area will fill out in summer, but that is for another discussion. The mints top their fragrant leaves with tiny drops of purple, nearly missed except for the mats of hundreds of the dots.
The layers of spring leaves fill in the barren spots of the garden and forest canopy. Our distant view across the valley will soon be drawn closed with the curtain of the forest filtering the summer sun and heat.