Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dog Tooth Violets


It is always with a sense of awe and excitement that I observe the arrival of the different wildflowers which adorn the mountains here in Springtime. It is a sure sign that winter is over and that sunshine and warm days will soon return!



After the Buttercups have come and gone, the lovely Dog Tooth Violets appear by the hundreds. They also go by the name of Trout Lily, Glacier Lily, Yellow Fawn Lily, or Adder's Tongue. The Dog Tooth Violet (Erythronium grandiflorum) is a member of the Lily family, growing up from a deep seated perennial bulb. The graceful, nodding bell-shaped flowers are bright yellow.....a wonderful sight for color starved eyes this time of year!



This round bud reminds me of a balloon....about ready to pop open!




The anthers turn more reddish as the bloom matures, and the petals curve backwards....giving it a festive air.




A hillside, covered with Dog Tooth Violets. They prefer the shady wooded areas.


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For lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land...

Song of Solomon 2:11


14 comments:

Shady Gardener said...

What a beautiful flower and what a beautiful sight! I don't have these plants... but I'd LIKE to have them. ;-) We have Spring Beauties and a white dog-toothed violet here. I'm getting fairly excited for the arrival of Spring!! But, I haven't really raked. Not for awhile, yet.

GardenJoy4Me said...

I would love to have some of those in my garden .. I think nurseries are trying to offer more native plants which is a great idea since most of them tolerate harsher conditions than the cultivated plants.
Very pretty pictures !
Joy

jodi said...

Connie, so nice to see the dogtoothed violets--they're one of my spring favourites, but we're still at least six weeks from seeing them here. But hope springs eternal, of course...

Carol said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautiful verse to go with them. The mountains must be beautiful in the spring. Sigh. More pictures, please, we want to see it all!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Leslie said...

Those are just beautiful! I've never seen them before. I love the photo progression...and, as Carol said, the lovely verse. Happy Easter!

Andrea's Garden said...

hello, I don't think I have ever seen those "violets" over here anywhere. Beautiful pictures though. Thanks for the instructions regarding papaver. I am going to give it a try since it is still cold at night. Have a nice Easter, Andrea

Lia said...

Your flowers are beautiful!
I wish you a Happy Easter.

Miranda Bell said...

Happy Easter! What stunning flowers - I've not seen those before I must admit. Lovely verse too from SoS - a favorite of mine!

Happy Gardening - Miranda

Me said...

Oh, the second photo is so beautiful and dreamy. Thanks for sharing them with us.

I also appreciate your beautiful Easter greeting. I hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday and were blessed.

M

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous photos Connie. and I'm so envious of your greenhouse. I've longed for one for years!

Kim and Victoria said...

Very nice photos!

Di said...

To add a little something, the teardrop shaped bulbs were thought to resemble dog's teeth, thus the name 'dog tooth violet'. Awesome mass of them!

gardenpath said...

So that is what a dog tooth violet is. Glad to know. You are so far ahead of us, weather wise. I was down in the woods this morning, and found three feet of snow in some places.

I just saw this on the garden ho's blog. Haven't been to look, though.

http://thegardenho.blogspot.com/2008/03/native-wildflowers-available-at-lowes.html

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