I spent Mother's Day with my mom and other family members and we did what we do best.
We also went for a day long drive, revisiting childhood haunts and soaking up beautiful countryside scenery. Countryside, I may add, that beckoned to me when I was wee thing growing up in the city and formed the basis of what I consider the most idyllic place to live. It's an hour or so more by car, from the old farmhouse but the landscape is in many ways, very different from this area, perhaps because it is situated so close to the Great Lakes.
As we neared the banks of Lake Erie, we drove through a wooded area, just loaded with trillium. They are out in full force right now and as my mom and I wondered if the car was ever going to stop, it finally did and we hopped out as fast as we could before anyone could change their mind.
My mom knows all of the wildflower names and she was pointing them out to me left, right and centre. The area, of course, abounded with white trillium as far as the eye could see but as my mom pointed out more and more flowers and I happily snapped away, stupidly trusting myself to remember their names, I stumbled upon something she missed.
These lovely red trillium. Very rare, at least in comparison to the white variety. I've seen the odd one in a shade of soft pink but this was the first time I had discovered a red trillium in the wild. It was beautiful, breathtaking and my grandma who always preferred flowers out of doors over a cut bouquet in the house would have been most delighted to see it too.
And here's some interesting tidbits about the trillium. It is a member of the lily family and is the official flower of the province of Ontario and the official wildflower of Ohio. As school children, we were told it was illegal to pick the trillium, but they are only protected in provincial parks and conservation authority lands. The name trillium is derived from the Latin word for three because of its three leaves. And by picking the flower, you seriously debilitate the plant from producing enough food for the following year. So tell me, are trillium blooming in your neck of the woods right now?
Don't forget to check yesterday's post for a sweet, on-the-fly giveaway!
~Be well friends~