We are deep in the Minnesota jungle. Lost! Fighting for survival. The plants tower above us. Huge white flowers peer down at us. WHAT ARE THEY???? Ok, maybe it’s not the jungle but it sure looks like it from this angle. I hear a rescue helicopter approaching and I will provide an overhead view to make this a lot easier.
The plants are Mayapples and the English called them mandrake. English folklore says they scream when pulled from the ground! As you can see, the white flowers cannot be seen from overhead and so I had to lie down on the ground to photograph them. I did think the umbrella like stalk and leaves had a somewhat tropical effect. Thus my "jungle" fantasy.
The plants beyond the mayapples are lily of the valley. These plants both represent the third year of my effort to restore woodland gardens to the north section of our property. The south plot is in its sixth year. Both are the result of intent to reduce grassy areas, fertilizing, herbicides and mowing. The oak wood, where our house now stands, was once the residence to several horses and later a playground for our two sons.
This area, also in the north section, gets a little more sunlight, so the buttercups seem to do quite well
I must admit some of the flowers here, I don't have a clue as to what they are. I cleared brush, did some burning and in the fall threw some seeds on the ground labeled "shady wildflowers." So be it. I'm not going to be a native restoration type of purist. In other words, if it’s a flower and grows in the shade I’ll take it. Mrs. T loves hostas . I do too. These Japanese "aliens" are more than welcome here.
Finally I built some simple benches, restored an old picnic table and added a fire ring. This project is turning out to be a lot of fun and I'm just getting started!