Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More of these Spring Beauties...

...they were all over the forest floor at the State Park just outside Morrison; they had spread to nearby lawns, as well. They looked a great deal 'pinker' in person than these photos show; really charming. Claytonia Virginica is the scientific name; according to "The Flower World of Williamsburg" by Joan Perry Dutton, this Clayton fellow was an English immigrant to Virginia in the early 1700's. He lived a long life and spent much of it collecting native colonial plants; the English were absolutely crazy about plants and gardening in those days. I guess they still are.

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