When walking Luke yesterday morning, I was excited to spot a wildflower called a Painted Trillium right along one of our trails!
There are different varieties of trilliums in New Hampshire, and back in the days when we used to camp and hike a lot in the White Mountains and their foothills, Trilliums were some of the first flowers we’d ever see along the trails in the spring. Trilliums are in the lily family and the painted variety was what we’d see most, along with a purple one. I was thrilled to find one right here in our own woods!
My phone was having issues so I couldn’t get a good photo. I went back alone later with my DSLR to get some photos, and to see if I could find any more. In my hunt for more trilliums, I was again excited to run across what I’m pretty sure are Lady Slippers! They are not open yet, but the leaves are right. After spotting one, I spotted many more! This is another flower we’d usually only see in the spring when hiking. I’ll be watching for these to open and share some photos and a bit more about this wild native orchid when they do.
Meanwhile, here closer to the house, our azalea bush is blooming, and we’ve got some lone tulips here and there.
One other fun find, not nature related, was this tin can I found in the woods near all those flowers. I thought it was pretty cool when I looked it up and found that this particular Krueger label was only made until 1952! I’ll be going back to get that out of there, and add it to my bottle collection. Hubby recently found a big Moxie bottle and I’m always finding beer bottles as well. I think drinking was a common habit for the farmers that were here before us. 🙂
Have you ever found anything fun or exciting – even if only to you – when out on a walk with your dog?
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Bell Fur Zoo says
Such pretty flowers and your azaleas are gorgeous. We have pink ones but they have already bloomed and fallen off a while back. I wish they lasted longer. Also that can is pretty cool great find!
Bell Fur Zoo Mama
The azaleas definitely don’t last long enough. I also think we need to prune that bush, it’s not as full of flowers as I’d like it to be!
I have so many areas in our woods I’d like to dig for more cool things like that can, but just don’t have the time yet!
LLB in Our Backyard says
OMD…What beautiful flowers!! I love the trillium, we have a lot of it here in the Pacific Northwest, but I have never seen painted Trillium before, how cool!!
It’s cool that you have some trillium there too, I wasn’t sure if it was just a Northeast thing!
caren gittleman says
your flower photos are beautiful and your phone did a great job!
Thank you, Caren!
It’s always fun to see the flowers that we don’t have here in the Rocky Mountains that you have in other places in the country. I saved my garden from a snowstorm this week, so we have to have snow-hardy spring plants, right? I love your pictures; give Luke a quick hug for me!
Thank you, and sure will! ♥
It’s amazing sometimes how resilient the flowers can be, isn’t it? Luckily we didn’t get any late spring snow on our flowers this year – I think you actually have worse weather than we do! 🙂
Pet Watcher says
This reminds me of all the trillium I saw this weekend when I took my dog hiking
The trillium is the floral emblem of Ontario, but it’s cool to know they grow places other than here
I didn’t know that – thanks for sharing that info!
JoAnn Stancer says
Very very pretty! Nice find!!
Monika, Sam & Elsa says
What an exquisite woodland plant! Plants so beautiful especially with all the rain up your way. Back in a horrific blizzard in the early 80’s when I’d just moved to Denver, I found a beat up Seiko watch in the street. Not finding anyone who seemed to have lost it, I took it home, replaced the crystal and band and still wear it to this day. It has lasted far longer than the boyfriend at the time. LOL
Now that was a great find!!
I have read about trillium as a wildlife food but I’ve never seen it! What fun!!! And I am so excited to see your lady slippers. We have “fairy slippers” here, also an orchid, but their leaves are very different from those ones. They are not visible here yet.
I love finding such old things in the woods, and visualizing how they got to their resting place!
I didn’t know the wildlife ate the trillium – very cool. Yes, I so enjoy imagining what life was like here back when those interesting finds for us were left behind. The only thing I know for sure is that no one worried about trash and pollution back then! LOL
Tulips are my favorite – but I’ve never been successful in keeping them alive.
I never had much luck with tulips either! These random ones that show up here were planted by someone who was much better at gardening than I am. They are better off when I just leave them alone. LOL
Ellen Pilch says
Beautiful trillium. And lady slippers are my favorite and so hard to find.
It was such a nice surprise to find them here! I’ll have some photos of the blooms to share soon.
Brian Frum says
Those flowers are all so pretty and Luke looks pretty happy to not have snow!
We are all SO happy for that, though our weather is still leaving a bit to be desired! 🙂
Spring is such a magical time. I love all the colors. I always like to see Luke too.
Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to Luke. ♥
It’s so fun to see what is going to pop up and bloom around here, and I love having Luke as my companion as we explore!
Those are some fun finds in your woods. I bet there are a lot of old things out there waiting to be found after many years!
I wish I had more time to go out there searching!
I have trillium in the front woods, and a couple lady slippers in the back, thanks for the reminder to check on them. Lady Slippers remind me of mom, she yelled at me for picking one back when we were kids, it was illegal to pick them in Massachusetts.
I remember that! I’m not sure if it’s still illegal or not, I was trying to figure that out. I think it’s just discouraged to pick them because they take a long time to bloom.
Mary Hone says
These are gorgeous. I love that old can too. What a find.
You would have had fun photographing that!
Meagan & Merlin says
I saw a seal pup on our walk once. It was sunbaking on the jetty. Merlin knew it was there before we did, his whole body language changed.
I’d love to be able to walk by the ocean, and Luke would go crazy if he saw a seal! 🙂
oh I hope it is a lady slippers… and I can not wait to see how it looks later ;O) it’s great what things we can see when we are out and about with a dog ;O)
We’re waiting for the sun to shine again, but hope to get some photos of the lady slippers soon!
Molly the AireGirl says
We don’t seem many Trillium and it’s a rare treat to see a Lady Slipper! Thank you for the flower smiles☺
It’s so nice that when we’re waiting for more in the gardens to bloom, Mother Nature provides some beauty for us!