Woodland ephemerals.

Woodland ephemerals are the tiny little plants that decorate the woodland floor, one minute they are nowhere to be seen, the next minute they are up, flowering, setting seed and then over. Blink and you miss them, don’t go on holiday or  they’ll be over by the time you get back, but they are so beautiful, they really deserve a place in a woodland garden. The plants that I’m talking about in this post are the Erythroniums.

Erythronium Pagoda.

Erythronium Pagoda

They are like tiny little lilies, only about 6 inches tall, but so beautiful.

Erythronium White Beauty.

This one was planted beside a rhododendron which has grown to overshadow it, I must move the little bulbs when it has finished flowering , as this is the only flower this year. Ususally there are a lot more, I think it needs more light.

Erythronium White Beauty.

Erythronium White Beauty.

It wasn’t easy crawling under the rhodo’s branches to photograph this little flower!

Erythronium Knightshayes Pink.

Knighthayes Court is one of out local National Trust houses which has an amazing woodland garden, I love visiting in the spring. This is where I bought this one.

Erythronium Knightshayes Pink.

Erythronium Knightshayes pink.

I hope you agree with me that they are beautiful little flowers. The yellow one, E. Pagoda is always the first one to open here, this year it was April 4th, it is now over and will soon vanish, not to seen again until next year. Fleeting, but worth the wait I think.

Yesterday was a wonderful gardening day, today looks as though it will be the same, so I will be able to spend today working among my favourite flowers. I hope you all enjoy today too.


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2 Responses to Woodland ephemerals.

  1. Cathy says:

    Aren’t they beautiful, Pauline, and you have encouraged me to try again. I do have a single E Pagoda which has returned for about 3 years now, but I haven’t yet succeeded with any others

    • Pauline says:

      They are lovely Cathy, I just wish the flowers lasted a bit longer! I must move a couple of them, I’m sure they would do a lot better away from the large shrubs.

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