Flowers are coming and going in the woodland far too quickly for my liking. At the moment it is time for the Erythroniums, which are small lily shaped flowers, only standing about 6 inches tall. They might only be small, but they have such an ethereal beauty that I can’t imagine the woodland without them. It’s best not to go away on holiday at this time of year, otherwise you will miss them, they aren’t in flower for very long.
These lovely little flowers need a humus rich soil in shade which is damp in spring but dry in summer.
This is a lovely one which I bought at our local Nation Trust House, Knightshayes.
For some reason I planted this one under a rhododendron and now it is almost impossible to see, never mind photograph. I have been meaning to move it for quite some time and now I really must if I want to see it properly.
As you can see, Erythroniums have large juicy leaves which appeal to something, the leaves are sometimes mottled with brown markings and are very attractive in their own right.
The flowers might be fleeting but they are so worth the effort of growing them, the woodland wouldn’t be the same without them at this time of year.