Sunday, May 3, 2009

Happy May

Happy May everyone! I can't believe it's here already. To celebrate, I'm sharing some photos of the Mayapples growing in our woods.

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), with flower getting ready to blossom

Mayapple flower in blossom.
Plants that bear only one leaf will not produce a flower. Those that bear 2 leaves will produce a single white flower in the fork of the leaves.

This flower will, in turn, produce an "apple" (really a berry) that will ripen later in the summer. I've never tasted one (yet), but they are not poisonous (the rest of the plant is, though!).

The mass of green beyond these leaves is... more Mayapple leaves!

Leaf close-up from above...

... and from below

A special treat that Dave and I came across today during a hike: wild onions! They were growing quite plentifully in the woods across the road. I think these will go nicely in a salad of "baby" greens picked from our garden!


Nature As Is said...

Oh wild onions are fantastic Heather...very very tasty. Lucky girl. Thanks for stopping by my Blog and thank you for your lovely commnets on some of my pictures. Love the shot of the onions very Organic!!

Ginnymo said...

Happy May to you too Heather!! I learned something new from your great post!! I never even knew what a Mayapple was..Ha! Ha! And those onions look so good for being wild. I didn't know they grew wild. See? I learned two things today just from you!! Thanks!!

Kelly said...

...these are cool photos...I especially like the 2nd and 3rd flower and the leaf that's 7th down. Plus, Iove the last onion photo...very cool!! Happy May to you too!

The Early Birder said...

Once again something new, Mayapple, thankyou Heather.
Happy May. FAB

Heather said...

Crista - We had the onions in a salad last night, and they were quite delicious!

Ginny - My impression is that wild onions are pretty common. We saw TONS of them while we were out on our walk. I've always had bad luck picking them (they usually break off, leaving the bulb and root in the ground), but it's been very wet here lately, so they came out with little effort.

Kelly - Thanks, I am fond of that last onion photo myself.

Frank - You're welcome, always glad to share.