Postings may be sporadic for the next 2 weeks. I’ve got to complete my final thesis so I can finally get my master’s degree. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a Happy Easter and happy gardening.
Speaking of gardening, in cleaning up one of my beds this afternoon I came across my toadshade trillium plants. I planted these little woodland natives three springs ago. The year I planted them, it was past their growing season, and they were dormant. The following spring, I didn’t see any sign of them at all. Last year I saw three tiny leaves but they quickly disappeared. Now they’ve appeared again, looking stronger and bigger.
I suspect that like other woodland natives, it can take 3 to 5 years before the plants become strong enough to bloom.
Toadshade Trillium -(Trillium Sessile ) is a woodland native plant on the threatened species list from the Michigan DNR. I loved the unusual look of the plant with its mottled leaves and purple flower with no stalk and thought it would work well in my shade garden.
I ordered 3 plants from a wildflower catalog – they grow the plants from seeds (legal) not digging up endangered plants to sell (illegal). Maybe this will be the year.