Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Canadian Beauty

The Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) is such an overlooked little beauty. It carpets the forest floor with fresh green undergrowth, making the woods seem alive early in spring. And then it produces an awesomely delicate bloom, like mini fireworks and stars. This one hasn't opened yet, but is bursting with potential. 

I always feel saddened when development and industry obliterates these fields of green life for a 'more humanly useful' landscape. Heavy machinery and vehicles crush and damage them, and all the other woodlands' hidden beauties.

For some strange reason, I've become fascinated by the shadows flowers make on their leaves ... 


Shelley Burbank said...

Always enjoyed seeing them pop up in the spring.

Debbie said...

Yeah, likewise! They're amazing to pop up out of that icy cold morass, unharmed.