We are reading a book called Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen. It is a good book! There is a lot in the book about making maple syrup (the reason we started reading it), spring flowers and growing through hard times.
We have been on a mission to find as many spring flowers that the book mentions as we can. We found Spring Beauties and Bloodroot. We are still looking for Hepatica, Trilliums, Solomon’s Seal, Jack in the Pulpits, Twisted stalk, Buttercups, Marsh Marigolds and Violets. I am not sure that they all grow around here, but we are looking.
We are learning a lot of fun names for flowers.
- A Trout lily can be white and then is called a Dogtooth violet, it is also called an Adder’s Tongue.
- Bloodroots might be called “Easter Candles”.
- Hepaticas come in different colors and can be called “liverwort”, “herb-trinity”, “squirrel cup” or “mouse-ear”.
- The first trilliums are deep red and some call them “wake-robin”.
- Bleeding Heart can be called Squirrel Corn and can be mistaken for Dutchman’s Breeches
- Marsh marigolds are also called cowslips, “meadow boots” “crazy boots” and capers.
I would love to be able to make our own pressed flower books, but some of these flowers are found at the park. I am not sure how they would press either. It would be neat to have a book that shows what we find, where discovered and what they look like. I need to think more on how to do that. 🙂 I need to do it soon, spring flowers do not last long!