Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The Trout Lilies
This evening I lay down in a bed of dogtooth violets and watched the azure sky. The blackflies and mosquitoes are out but there are blessedly few of them and they are docile and sleepy.
The violets were a surprise.
When you buy a home each new season unveils its own mysteries and spring's surprises are the sweetest. Tiger lilies are growing at the front, irises at the riverbank and, under the dappled shade in the backyard, a patch of yellow dogtooth violets, or trout lilies as they are also known.
They are the faeries of the forest; tiny wee treasures wearing dazzling yellow coats to keep them snug on frosty spring nights.