Today's ramblings took me through the shade garden at the Toledo Botanical Garden and along the upland woods trail at Toledo's Wildwood Metropark, two of my favorite places in the world.
|Edge of the woodland garden at the TBG|
|A favorite specimen|
and the Bluebell Wood was in full bloom, not that I could get a decent picture. The shooting stars (Dodecathon media) were putting on quite a show,
blooming in large stands of their own, as well as accompanying neighbors like wild geranium
and yellow lady's slipper.
The ephemerals are going strong at Wildwood as well. A few trilliums are hanging on, along with both common and white violets.
Perhaps my favorite see-it-while-you-can beauty our woods, though, is mayapple, currently covering hillsides throughout its range. A swath of mayapple leaves may not produce much reaction from the average human viewer,
but there is something magical about a flower found underneath the leaves, not bothering to flaunt itself for the likes of us.
It's almost enough to make a person believe in fairies.