Spring regained its senses this past week, delivering cooler temps and the April showers that would be bringing those proverbial May flowers if many hadn't already bloomed and were now fading, thanks to some unseasonably hot weather the week before. But with many of our spring wildflowers still in store, I set off on a trail through the Skidmore woods I rarely explore, one that follows a tumbling creek down into a hollow and offers more of a wetland habitat than other trails in this woods.
Some very helpful trail-maintenance folks had constructed this stone causeway to continue the trail across the creek.
As the Red Trilliums start to fade, the Large-flowered White Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) are just beginning to come into their glory. There are areas of this woods where hundreds will bloom all at once in a glorious display, but I loved this solitary specimen, nestled within a niche of a boulder, the dark rugged rock providing an impressive contrast to the delicate flower.
There's nothing at all shy, though, about the large shiny yellow flowers of Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), growing here in the saturated soil of the creekbed. These flowers are so showy and bright, it's hard to believe they are a native wildflower and not some horticulturist's creation.
Clusters of yellow flowers have yet to emerge from the budding flower stalks protruding from these deeply cut leaves of Canada Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis). But the leaves are so beautiful in their own right, they hardly need their flowers to further ornament the plant. The leaves remind me of acanthus scrollwork often seen in Victorian plaster moldings.