Isabelle inspects the property and notices that some of our cultivated Bloodroot has jumped the fence into the park where it grows naturally and has established itself amongst the invasive Lesser Celandine.
Usually its the other way around- Invasive cultivated plants such as English Ivy, Asian wisteria, Japanese Pachysandra Â jump the garden fence from a neighborhood into a natural area. For once its the other way around!
Here is the scene in the side yard, in the balmy early afternoon sun, the best time to enjoy the blooming Bloodroot. Each patch is different and the flowers have a different personality, for this is a highly variable species, the Sanguinaria canadensis.
The Patch pictured above has wide petals that curl back at the tips, giving them the look of a Victorian patio chair.
Just a few feet away, another patch has upward pointing petals.
Today was sunny and much warmer, and out come the pollinating bees! Â Today was the ideal day for the early blooming Bloodroot specimens, with temps in the upper 50s to low 60s!
This bee was watched going from flower to flower and from patch to patch, spreading the pollen and insuring healthy, viable seed to come as the genetic exchange is diversified.