I am so happy to report that the trillium patch in Fauntleroy Park is looking spectacular this year. They are not quite to the glory of 5 years ago but at least they seem to have stop declining.
We had a heavy snow this year and then the last couple of weeks have been very spring like. Warmed up so much that on the last day of winter it broke all records with upper 70s. This must have had a huge impact on the patch. Lots of water from the snow and then warmth to make them bud.
On the path have always been two little plants that seem to have escaped the patch. Some years they get trampled so I decided to build something that would alert walkers to them.
I walked onward to see how the bouquet trilliums looked like. I was not disappointed with them either.
If you want to see more about the trilliums over the years in my West Seattle Park, go to this link:
Two weeks make a big spring time difference when you add a little sun. I was so worried about my favorite patch of trilliums at Fauntleroy Park that I went back today.
They are still not up to their glory day of several years ago. However, compared to my last visit they have really sprung up and bloomed their hearts out. (here is a link if you want a refresher – March 2017 Trilliums
To help you compare how far they have come here is the comparison shot.
Add a little dew to a blossom and what do you get? A great flower shot!
The morning sun was making the forest sparkle. I leave you with glowing tree buds.
My annual pilgrimage to see the Trillium patch showed just how cold we have been. Here it is March 19th and when you compare to prior years you can see they are stunted. I have to hope as things warm up they will snap out of this slow funk. This is the big patch and is so sparse compared to the past.
Read an article that Washington State was the only lower 48 state that had a below normal temperature this winter. Not only were we cold but also wet. When I say cold, that is relative to what is cold in Seattle. It wasn’t much below 32 but overall it stayed in the low 40s for weeks. Not even a warm pineapple express to save us.
This is my 6th year of documenting the Wake Robin (Trilliums) in Fauntleroy Park. I have two patches I visit and have photos showing the difference between seasons. Here is last years article that shows 5 years of history. Sad to say the big patch seems to be in decline. Either not enough sun or someone or something broke them one year. Trilliums do not take kindly to being disturbed.
After visiting the big patch I went to the bouquet patch. This one grows in a tight group with a few stray ones off to the front. The tight group had the lovely red steps you see at the top of the post. Kind of reminded me of rhubarb.
This patch seems to have fared better over the years. Today they are up and budded out. All they need is a little more warm sun to pop open their three-leaf flowers.
Third year in a row I have gone to my favorite Trillium patches to document their spring sprouting. Today in the pouring rain I made my pilgrimage to the forest. My hunt was successful as you can see.
I went back to the prior two posts (see the links below) and from their timing, it appears they bloomed early by a week or two. Not a surprise since Seattle has had a dry warm winter. Go look at these two posts when you get a moment. I think you will see that the patch pictured as the feature photo above shows how sparse the flowers are this year. That must be from the dryness. At least I hope that is the case.
They could also be thinner because someone picked them last year. Trilliums do not like to be picked. Here is a little quote from Wikipedia on what happens when they are taken home to a vase. Some states it is illegal.
Picking parts off of a trillium plant can kill it even if the rhizome is left undisturbed. Some species of trillium are listed as threatened or endangered and collecting these species may be illegal. Laws in some jurisdictions may restrict the commercial exploitation of trilliums and prohibit collection without the landowner’s permission. In the US states of Michigan and Minnesota it is illegal to pick trilliums. In New York it is illegal to pick the red trillium.
I also love one of their folk names – Wake Robin. They and the Robin birds are both creatures that bring us spring.