Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Flowers

It is the season of the oak gall wasp, bungeeing caterpillars, and relentless paper wasps. At night its June bugs bouncing off screens and, tonight, the first lightning bugs. We have been miraculously without mosquitoes -no one's complaining.

In the woods Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, bloom.

It's a bit regal

In its dusty crown.

The first sight of the Woods Geranium, Geranium maculatum, is always a surprise in the shadowy under-canopy.

Geranium grows throughout the woods, but only one here, two there. In the area I call the council circle (laughably and yet to be introduced here) the geranium grow profusely.

Virginia Wetleaf, Hydrophyllum virginianum, has been in flower for over two weeks now.

It's pale purple mass of flowers create glowing, floating dollops wherever it grows (and that is nearly everywhere).


  1. Beautiful! I particularly like the Red Columbine, which I've not seen before. Our wild columbine blooms appear to be overwhelmed by early aphids, the result (I assume) of our mild and dry winter and spring. Thank you, once again, for your gorgeous photographs, Leslie in Oregon

    1. I have noticed in past garden years that drought makes aphids more terrible, or at the least suck the life out of a suffering plant.