Outdoor

Spring woodland jewels

I went to the forest near my parent’s home for a walk a couple of days ago. There are several species in flower that make me feel real spring. 

A key player there now definitely is Scilla siberica scattered all around. It beautifully matches the clear sky. 

Scilla siberica
Scilla siberica

Clumps of Helleborus caucasicus add greenness to the scenery. Besides its impact on the big picture, a closer look at flowers is a true delight. The fact that flowers are directed downward and you need to make a curtsy in order to examine it, makes this observation even more valuable. Blooms differ in form and color and I’m excited when turning over each one – what will I see this time?

Helleborus caucasicus

Sunny Cornus mas is just starting to bloom and there are first sweet-scented flowers of Viola odorata.

Cornus mas
Cornus mas
Viola odorata
Viola odorata

Blossom of Cyclamen coum subsp. caucasicum is on the wane. But still, there is something marvelous going on: stems are curling up earthward. Graceful spirals bear pods with seeds. Seeds are covered by a sticky sweet substance that is beloved by ants. Ants will transfer seeds, helping cyclamen to spread.

Seedpod of cyclamen (Cyclamen coum subsp. caucasicum) on the spiral stem
Seedpod of cyclamen (Cyclamen coum subsp. caucasicum) on the spiral stem

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