Online journal of West Virginia Storyteller Granny Sue.
oh. grrrrr. I should be able to name at least half of these but the only ones I can come up with are trilium and May Apple. but all beautiful!
Good job, Nance! I wondered if anyone would recognize the Mayapple.
So that's what grows all over the back part of the back yard ... never knew its name: Mayapple. Thank you! Now to find out if it's good for anything other than being pretty. (Which is plenty good enough in and of itself!)Ignorantly [sigh] yours,Mario
Theresa, it's also called Mandrake and is used in medicinals. The Oriental medicines use it a good bit and people still dig it here to sell. The roots like those of ginseng sort of look like a man, thus the name. I think the fruit is edible, but I am not sure and have never tried it.Someone else told me that fairies like its shade, so you might want to look and see if the fairies are also in your yard :)
If there are no fairies in your yard, you could always lure them. I remember my mother once sent me out with a bag full of popsicle sticks, some scraps of colourful cloth, and a roll of aluminum foil so I could make a fairground for them. That was something she used to do as a child, she told me, and although I was far too old still to believe, I had the time of my life pretending ... Something like that tucked in betwixt the Mayapple parasols would be great fun.
Your mother was a creative lady; that's such a neat idea, Mario. I'm going to have my little grandkids do that when they come to visit again. They'd love it.
and now, Sue, what are the other wild flowers? I love the Mayapples. I have white blooming trillium and husband ordered and planted some yellowing blooming . . .
maybe two or three of them are trillium. And is one Blood Root? I'm always looking for Blood Root and don't think I ever find it. Some day I want to try dying fabric or something with it.
Ah, I never identified them, did I? Let's see--1. trillium2. Mayapple3.trilliun that's about finished, with wild geranium and an unidentified white flower4.mayapple with sweet white violets (that's their actual name) sheltering under its umbrella5. I thought the last one was saxifrage but when I looked it up it turned out to be foamflower--a new addition to the list of wildflowers I've found. Cool!
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