Sunday, May 3, 2015

I found this before the deer did

I have no trilliums in my garden - yet. I say yet because soon I'm going to have to have one - or more! These bright white native wildflowers naturalize, which is great news. But I confess I didn't know what this was when I came upon it in the woods. Spring ephemeral, yes. Wildflower, yes. But which one?

I found this before the deer did

I have no trilliums in my garden - yet. I say yet because soon I'm going to have to have one - or more! These bright white native wildflowers naturalize, which is great news. But I confess I didn't know what this was when I came upon it in the woods. Spring ephemeral, yes. Wildflower, yes. But which one?

Trillium grandiflorum, the big guy. It's perfection, love those three petals, great for shady spots. Two things in the negative column. No fragrance --  :( --  and while this doesn't affect me, it does a lot of gardeners in the area: deer love it.

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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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