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Sanguinaria canadensis – Part II

It’s raining cats and dogs here (instead of flowers); a good time to get back to the bloodroot. It flowered over the weekend – a sure sign that the woodland floor is slowly awakening. Not much is happening in our gardens either, except another early riser that I’ll talk about soon.

Sanguinaria canadensis is a variable species and sometimes you can stumble upon forms with pink-lilac flowers (after opening they turn white), with increased number of petals or slightly different petal shape (the group from the gallery has unusual pointed petals).

Sanguinaria canadensis - pink form

Sanguinaria canadensis – pink form

I admit it is not a  glamorous flower, it is more than that. Sitting down on an old stump to watch them glistening in the filtered sun rays I was overwhelmed by the smell of the spring forest, the mixture of the decayed leaves, fresh greens and the warmth of the soil.

To see a World in a grain sand
And a Heaven in a Wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
                        William Blake (from Auguries of Innocence)

4 replies
  1. Pat Martin
    Pat Martin says:

    How lovely to see your sanguinaria in bloom, Gabi! Your garden is obviously warmer than ours as only the very tips of the leaves are poking out of the soil here. However, some of the hepaticas are in their full glory. Can’t wait for all that is to follow. Thanks for all your inspiring posts over the past months.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Hi Pat, I am so very glad to hear from you! I will miss you and Peter, maybe we can arrange a visit to your magnificent garden sometime in the summer.
      We only have a few Sanguinaria on the sunny side of the garden; the Hepaticas show signs too – one container with Hepatica was so frozen that I didn’t know if they’ll make it. It can only get better from now on.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      It’s hard to believe what the calendar is showing (May first). The woodlands have a specific charm in the spring here with lots of ephemerals (ready to bask in the first sun rays before the trees are leafing out)- but I think someone has to go through 5-6 months of hard winter to really understanding it ;)

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