This evening I took a walk up in the woods behind my house where suddenly everything is waking up. A few short days ago, there was nothing on the ground but a mat of dried leaves left over from the fall. Now everywhere I looked there were wildflowers peeking through.
Covering the ground in large areas were tiny white flowers with fern-like leaves. Not sure what they are, but they are very dainty and delicate.
I have always been fascinated by trillium, a perennial herbaceous plant that seems to be very prolific in this part of Tennessee. I found several groups of them as I continued my stroll. The most common one, at least here in my woods, seems to be the one with the dark burgundy bloom. I also found one that has a greenish white bloom.
They are just in their bud stage right now, but hopefully I will be able to get some shots when they are in full bloom. I recently read that there are 39 known species, but these are the only two that I have had the pleasure to see. Makes me happy that I have the moist, shady, woodland areas in which they thrive...
Violets, of course, are quite common this time of year, but I was happily surprised to find three different varieties; pale lavender, purple, and white.
As spring progresses and moves into summer, I look forward to taking and sharing more photos of the lovely wildflowers that grow here on my mountainside.