A number of spring flowers are known as ephemerals.

They show up for a short time, are often glorious, and then they’re gone. Some of them thrive on forest floors before the trees are covered with leaves. They soak up the sun that streaks through the brown, bare branches and then, once the trees are covered with leaves that absorb all that sun, the flowers disappear and the roots wait under the ground for next spring. Come July, or October, or late March, we tread the same paths through the forest and there’s no sign of them.

In Virginia, we have bluebells that gloriously carpet the forest floor near wet, boggy places. We have the even-more-rare trilliums, which I’ve always envied for my garden — although now I no longer have the shady spots where they would grow. One of the first wildflowers to appear is false dead nettle, a grey-purple flower that’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it.

What’s ephemeral for you? What needs seizing now before things go back to “normal”?

Photo of trilliums and bluebells at Virginia Arboretum by the blogger. If you copy, please link back.

2 responses to “Ephemerals

  1. Is the spotty leaved, purple flowered plant lungwort?

  2. I am not sure. It could be that or bluebells given the location.

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