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In just four days Winter 2019 comes to a close. Well, as far as the my Google Assistant is concerned anyway. Every day the sun continues to rise higher in the sky than the day before. Historically we still have a few cold days ahead but that in no way chills my excitement for return of a green forest, the explosion of colorful blooms and the buzzing of bees. We all get excited when the crocus makes it’s appearance in the early stages of spring but that’s only the beginning. Deep in the shady spots of the mountain the lush green leaves of Trilliums are waking up and pushing back the litter. You don’t really notice them at first. Then suddenly they are everywhere! The showy bloom is a rich burgundy that really stands out as you travel through the Appalachian Mountains in Spring.
One of common names for Trilliums is “Birthroot”. I’m told that in the old days that a special preparation of the root was used to induce labor. On the other hand, it could be that it shows up right about the time that livestock begins to have babies. (Always seek advice from a certified expert before taking an herbal remedy.)
There are white varieties of the flowers here as well but as the season progresses the red ones do fade to a pure white.
We still have about a month or so to go before the Trilliums come out but it is one of the things that I have looked forward to seeing all winter.
The first official day of Spring is March 20th. My next post will examine how I got it in my head that it was only 4 days.
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