a new discovery

This past weekend the husband and I were doing some backyard cleanup as the girls played about on their swings. We have a fenced in yard plus an acre of forest behind the fence, and as we were bringing wheelbarrow loads of sticks to the back firepit I noticed a large scattering of white flowers. They covered about half of the area behind the fence which I don’t remember seeing last year but am sure they were there. I was intrigued and started taking pictures. I had no idea what this flower was, but was certain it was more than just a weed. They really were too pretty to be just that.

I searched and searched the internet, but couldn’t come up with anything that resembled the flowers. The part that struck me the most was the leaf that wrapped around the stem. I knew I had seen that somewhere so I started searching through blogs thinking I had read about it through a post. Then I happened to go through my posts and finally came across my Bloodroot post.

[I’m only like 98% sure that’s what it is so if anyone has a better idea of what they are let me know !]

I remember now that when I was researching bloodroot for a Plant of the Week post that they grow naturally in most parts of Canada. It’s funny because I had wanted to find bloodroot [well, the double-flowering kind] for my garden and this whole time I had a couple hundred in my backyard. I think they are an early spring flowering plant so last year at this time I most likely wasn’t paying attention since my love affair with plants really hadn’t begun yet.

Just thought it was neat that I have bloodroot throughout the backyard even if it’s not all that uncommon to have it growing naturally where you live.

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11 thoughts on “a new discovery

  1. Lovely plant to discover. One I don’t know. When walking in a wood this week came across a mass of Wood Anemone, a little white flowered plant, just like your bloodroot. It lifts the heart doesn’t it?

  2. That’s awesome! It’s like when I realized (finally) that the other type of thornbush that was a little different from the pretty, the new one that I disliked because it had sparse flowers, was actually a raspberry bush.

  3. It sure looks like Bloodroot! Seems like the general consensus is saying yes. They are so ethereal and beautiful…how cool to come across them! I love trout lilies, trillium, and jack in the pulpits too.

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