Nearby, I found that the wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is out and looks as if it has doubled in size. I love the leaves on this plant (pictured below). The flowers are unusual too – a chocolate colour. They are almost hidden by the leaves and can go unnoticed if you aren’t paying close attention to them.
The small pink shoots just starting to emerge from the ground are Variegated Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum falcatum ‘Variegatum’). If you would like to know how this plant got its name and what the significance is of King Solomon and his signet ring, see Paghat’s website.
This afternoon, I spent time in my garden reading after my fiddle group lesson. I am enjoying the letters and notebooks of Gwen John, an English painter who spent much of her life in France.
On 30 August 1922, she wrote the following:
First thought. Turn gently towards your work. Instead of this sudden discouragement and sadness take up in your mind a leaf, a flower, a simple little form and find its form. Take it into your possession as it were.
2nd. Every day you may add to your possessions – every flower and leaf and other things may be taken possession of. You have seen nearly everything vaguely.