I was waiting to get a call from my chief scout to tell me – as she had promised that she would – that her trillium was flowering. I knew where to find it if I had to go there alone, as she had taken me there when I photographed the tiny May flowers. On one of our walks around the village the other day, we stopped to chat to a friend who sits on his porch in the evenings and while he and Steven exchanged news (not much, in lockdown) I wandered around his little lawn looking for potential Flower a Day subjects. I was photographing something else that you will see soon when Steven called me over and pointed out a deep maroon bloom hiding almost under his porch. And here it is! He had a trillium that he didn’t even know existed. I knew nothing about this flower but a little research tells me that in ideal conditions (partly shaded deciduous woodland habitat, well watered) it can take a trillium plant up to 7 years to flower. The conditions this was growing in, under the porch next to the house were far from ideal which, I am told, means that it can take 10 years or more to flower! I feel very privileged to have been able to photograph this so close to home. Enjoy this rich purple beauty, my friends and have a lovely Friday all! A flower a Day #244 

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4 Responses

  1. Luxuriously rich red Trillium. Beautiful capture, Ellie. Here it is showing its teeth (sort of) in a warning to keep your distance, which you might want to do because the fragrance it gives off smells like carion to attract scavenging insects. Trillium is the official flower of Ontario and right now, the woodlands are full of this variety and the more commonly know white-petalled trillium. They certainly add interest to walks in the woods brighten the forest floor. Thank you, Ellie, for this choice today.

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Janet, thank you. I didn’t get close enough to smell it, I’m glad to say, so just enjoyed the beauty. You are so fortunate to have so many of these beauties to employ on your woodland walks. Enjoy your weekend, my friend.

  2. That is beautiful Ellie. And thank you so much for all the additional information. Amazing colour. Shows the ability to survive. Enjoy your beautiful sunny day.

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