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My Bit of Heaven - by Kristl Walek

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Kristl Walek:
10 days ago 3 feet of snow disappeared, it seemed, overnight. Suddenly it
was summer in the North, with 20C to 27C days and plants leaping out of the
soil all out of rhythm and mixed up. In a few days, temperatures are dropping
back down to near 0C with snow predicted.

I am fortunate to have a small woodland on my 8 acres, where I have good
representation of many natives, some in rather good drifts. The woods are
dry and deciduous, with sugar maple the predominant tree.

Even though Alan Grainger has already posted some of these same plants,
I want to document them as well. I will need the visual memory to
remember my small corner of paradise when I leave this place.

Tiarella_cordifolia_drift.jpg
Mossy_Roots.jpg
Caulophyllum_thalictroides.jpg
Acer_pensylvanicum_bark.jpg
Hepatica_americana.jpg

Kristl Walek:
For the seed collector plants such as Gaultheria procumbens are a real boon---as they often retain their berries all winter, and can be collected either in spring, or from the new crop late that same year...

Epigaea_repens.jpg
Carex_platyphylla.jpg
Carex_plantaginea.jpg
Gaultheria_procumbens.jpg

Kristl Walek:
and the Erythroniums...

Erythronium_carpet.jpg
Erythronium_americanum.jpg
Erythronium_americanum1.jpg
Erythronium_americanum2.jpg
Erythronium_americanum3.jpg

Kristl Walek:
Asarum canadense and the lovely Dicentra cucullaria...

Kristl Walek:
I do not mind the brief bloom of the beautiful Sanguinaria canadensis as the luscious foliage pays its way in the garden all season.

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