Spring is here in Southern Maine! This is often the time when our lovely state has a split forecast, while the daffodils are in bloom by the seacoast, the ice has yet to go out in the Rangely Lakes region! I was walking one sunny day along our tidal river and noticed a small group of immature and mature Loons starting to band together, the pull of the season upon them. Loons spend their adolescence and winters on the ocean, riding the stormy seas until the lakes have lost their ice in late April or early May. We get to enjoy them in the winter, watching them ride the waves and occasionally hearing their plaintive cries out on the ocean, while our Northern Lakes and ponds provide them with their breeding grounds in the summer. A simple example of how we all are tied together in this environment and how one can shape anothers life from a distance.
I have been thrown out into the field with my landscape business, as always happens this time of year! In a few short weeks we go from late winter to full blown spring! I have been cleaning borders, cultivating, pruning and fertilizing. Without a gardener you have no garden...It's a rush to once again have my hands in the soil, observing the wonderous changes that spring brings to our part of the world. One of my favorite type of plants in spring are all the ephemerals, those special woodland plants that grow, bloom and set seed as the leaves on the trees swell, break bud, and start to create their canopy of shade. It feels as though when I am the most starved for the beauty of a flower, just in the nick of time, a feast for the eyes is presented to us! Many of my favorites are native species to New England and the Applachian Mountains and are often missed because of their brief period of bloom in early spring. They poke their heads out from beneath the blanket of leaves that have fallen on them, just as the temperatures start to warm to around 40 degrees. In my garden are Winter Aconite, Dog Tooth Trout Lily, Aquilegia Canadensis, Pulmonaria and Polemonium Reptans to name a few. I have included a list of a few more of these spring time delights that could grace your spring garden as well!
Trillium, Blood Root (sanguinaria canadensis), Dutchman's Breeches (dicentra eximia), Virginia Bluebells (mertensia virginica), Woodland Phlox (phlox divaricata) and the crested iris (iris cristata).
So, take the time to stroll through the woodlands and perhaps, you too, will find our beautiful, brief ephemerals!