Lilacs in bloom – Capturing the essence of spring, indoors and out.

“The lilac branches are bowed under the weight of the flowers: blooming is hard, and the most important thing is – to bloom. (“A Story About The Most Important Thing”)”
Yevgeny Zamyatin

“Lord Henry went out to the garden and found Dorian Gray burying his face in the great cool lilac-blossoms, feverishly drinking in their perfume as if it had been wine.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray    

“A black cat among roses, phlox, lilac-misted under a quarter moon, the sweet smells of heliotrope and night-scented stock. The garden is very still. It is dazed with moonlight, contented with perfume…”
Amy Lowell

I would say to anyone, cut some lilacs, bring them in the house and put them in a vase. The heady scent of spring and early summer will linger lightly in any room you choose.

Forget-me-nots for Mother’s Day, and some folklore too!

The dainty Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatica), is a European native now naturalized throughout much of North America.

This harbinger of spring and member of the Borage family, prefers moist habitats and partial shade along the edge of trees or woodland.

Once planted, they’ll likely always be there! They seed readily but are easily removed if one feels they’re starting to take over the garden.

Medieval lore states a knight errant and his lady walked along a river, and that gentleman bent down to pick his lady-love a bouquet of these blue flowers.

Unfortunately, he lost his footing on some slippery rocks and fell into the river. The weight of his armor was too much. His last words cried out before being claimed by the depths was “Forget-me-not”!

To this day, the forget-me-not is given to someone who you hope will keep you in their thoughts.

With that in mind, they grow throughout my garden as a remembrance of my mother who has been gone for many years, along with many other people and yes, pets too!

For all who have passed on but are still wrapped around our hearts and forever in our minds, this little flower is a lovely reminder for us all.

Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

 

Tiarella cordifola, aka foamflower – An Ontario native woodland plant

Tiarella cordifolia’s common name here in Ontario is the foam flower.

T. cordifolia grows to a height of 6 – 8 inches. This little native woodland plant offers soft green leaves reminiscent of a geranium, and like many native groundcovers, it’s not invasive.

The lovely, dainty white flowers certainly suit its name! Tiarella is Greek for ‘little tiara’.

Upon closer inspection, the wee blossoms look like a ton of tiny orchids and imho, the perfect flower to compliment any forest fairy garden!

Pollinators love it, possibly because not much else is blooming yet! As many perennials are slow to show themselves due to spring appearing rather late this year, Tiarella flowers are a welcome sight to bees, gardeners, and nature lovers alike!

For more information on this and other flowers, visit Gutenberg Project’s site offering a free e-book from 1917,  ‘Wild Flowers Worth Knowing’ by Neltje Blanchan