Jack’s Walk

It’s finally spring around here. The day is warm and sunny and little birds are twittering everywhere. My widows are open and that fresh smell of the season is positively intoxicating. Jack and I decided to go to the forest this morning and found the trout lilies up and getting ready to bloom. We also found a solitary patch of little yellow flowers. I have no idea what they are, but they were a welcome bit of colour. A few more trilliums are also around, but they are coming very slowly this year. We are expecting warm weather all week, though, and I hope that means the flower show will begin soon.

Trout lilies

The first forest flowers

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  1. rq says

    The yellow ones are colt’s foot, can be used as cough remedy but is hell on the kidneys. So I’ve been told. Early bloomers here, too. And thanks for the trout lily! Haven’t seen them in ages.

  2. Nightjar says

    I’m so glad you are finally getting some spring weather, it was about time! The yellow flowers are beautiful and the trout lilies have an interesting leaf pattern. Can’t wait to see their flowers too. :)

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    It’s nice that spring has reached you in earnest.

    I like the colt’s foot/Tussilago (?) picture. Here, Tussilago is called leskenlehti (widow’s leaf leski = widow (of any gender), lehti = leaf) because the flowers come first in the spring and the big leaves are there in the summer when the flowers are gone.

  4. voyager says

    Thanks, rq and Ice Swimmer. I’ll have to pay attention and note the big leaves when they come. I think the differences in language are interesting too. Colt’s foot and widow’s leaf have nothing in common.

  5. rq says

    The Latvian name is māllēpes, the māl- has to do with clay (the type of soil it seems to like?), but the lēpes part is also used for yellow waterlilies. So it is literally a ‘clay lily’, probably because the way it pops up in spring across the fields.

  6. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    We seemed to have skipped the gradual warming of Spring and went straight to Summer her in Chiwaukee. A tulip out front is ready to bloom. The perennials are starting to wake up.

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