Monthly Archives: April 2012

A sure sign of spring

I always anticipate the blooms of the trillium.  I first discovered a large group of them in the woods on our property when I was twelve or thirteen.  Ever since then, I make it a priority to pay them a visit every the spring.  It’s best to enjoy them where they live rather than pick their flowers.  Their blooms are very short lived and it can take a plant whose flower has been picked several years to recover.  I learned something recently about trilliums from Wikipedia that I did not know–  that their seeds are spread by ants.  How could such a beautiful, delicate, and specialized wildflower happen through natural selection or chance?

 

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