The 146 acres of woods and trails that are shared by the Elderberry and Potluck Farm communities are exceptionally beautiful in the spring. This week the wild azaleas are in full bloom and they are stunning. But they are not alone in their beauty! We start the spring perfusion of wild flowers with a blanket of trout lilies throughout the woods in March, followed soon by the daring little spring beauties and the tiny yellow blooms of the spice bush. An early and more rare flower is the adorable white bloodroot, which grows in a secluded area among some deep purple trillium. These flowers have now passed the beauty-baton to the bluets, dogwoods, redbuds, lousewort (wood-betony), forest chickweed, toothwort, cinquefoil and violets. As we move deeper into spring we will be rewarded with atamasco lilies, wild iris, may apple, cardinal flowers, mountain laurel and the so-beautiful lady slipper orchids. It is no wonder that 27 years ago, the botanists who were initially looking to buy land together to build a community were smitten with this property.
The wild azalea
The azaleas often grow on the edges of the streams and reach out across the water to capture the sunlight.
I just saw the cinquefoil for the first time today
The lousewort - or a prettier name that Marj just told me - wood-betony. Marj knows all the scientific names of the flowers also - she is the person to go hiking with in the spring!