I think that the trillium is one of our more showy wildflowers here in Northeast Ohio. On a recent hike in Hinckley Reservation, there were parts of the trail where there were blooming trillium as far as I could see in the deep woods.
There were many different kinds; I am only able to differentiate them by color. White is the most common here.
When the white ones are near the end of their blooming time, they turn a pretty pink.
Trillium Turning Pink
There were just a tiny few of some creamy green ones, but my photos just look white, so you will just have to image those. Check out these vivid red ones though! Wow. This isn’t a Photoshop trick.
From the Wikipedia, “trillium was treated in the family Trilliaceae or Trillium family, a part of the Liliales or Lily order. The AGP II treats Trilliaceae as a synonym of the family Melanthiaceae.” I’m not sure what that means. Is it a lily or not?
Some interesting fact I saw while researching these plants – ants spread the seeds of trillium. Also – the large white trillium is the official wildflower of Ohio.
We had over 18 inches of snow one day in December with more piled on top after. It finally melted and this was underneath – hellebores. Although a little bedraggled, they looked great considering! They sure seem to love the snow.
I have had this technique for a new glass lampwork bead bouncing around in my head for quite a while. About a month ago, I was working on my production beads and the bead went bad. I don’t like to just dump a bead in the water bath**, so I decided to give my idea a try. It wasn’t too bad, so I made a couple more.
Here is how they are turning out. I did put a silver core into this one after I took the photo, but I sent it off for a bead exchange right away – so you get to see the “naked” bead.
Glass Lampwork Flower Bead
I need a name with a little more punch! Any suggestions?
** when a molten glass bead is put into the water bath, some spectacular things happen. The bead cracks, violently usually. Cool cracking sounds happen right away and keep going for minutes thereafter. I usually feel bad for the bead though, and sometimes my greatest accidental techniques are discovered if I save a “lost” bead.
Rosemarie Hanus makes Flower Beads and many others in her home studio. See these beads at Etsy, Art Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.
Hey! This is my flower!
Ant and Friend
Where else? Hinckley Reservation.
I was startled to snap this picture on a walk recently at Hinckley Reservation. It is the middle of summer, but there are autumn colors. Just soak in the range of colors!
Autumn Colors in the Summer
Over the weekend, we bought some day lilies today from Heritage Farms in Peninsula, Ohio.
Gazebo at Heritage Farm
These extra special flowers are called Randers Pride. My family bred lilies up until the late 1950’s. This flower was named after my maternal grandfather, who’s surname was Randers; I believe that he was the one that developed the flower. It was registered by Libis-Cheetham. Libis was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name, so that would be my great grandfather, but unfortunately, I do not know who Cheetham was. This flower is extra special to me because it was registered in 1957 – the year that I was born. It helps that it is a quite tall plant with beautiful large yellow flowers.
Randers Pride Daylily
Here are the three Randers Pride plants nestled into their new home, along with 2 friends named My Kia. You didn’t think that I could possibly only buy what I went to purchase, did you? My Kia was described as “quite prolific with red flowers”. Oh, the human is my daughter, Katie.
Katie with Lilies
Spike, the dog, thought that she was quite camouflaged while hiding behind the bee-balm. She was a good helper too.
Spike, the Camo-Dog
I have allowed this large thistle to grow in my front yard; I hope that my neighbors don’t mind. It is next to another large bush, so it is pretty discrete.
It is at least 6 feet tall and has dozens of flowers on it. I love having these around because the goldfinches and butterflies love it too. I’m looking forward to the show.
I noticed the small critter on the flower only when getting close enough for the photo.