I was walking in the woods the other day, which is where I go to escape people and my own busy mind.
Otto leads me, alert and happy in the moment...dogs are the best Zen teachers, I swear!
I ran across several welcome harbinger of spring-- robins and this oddly beautiful woodland treat: Purple Trillium recurvatum, or Bloody Butcher, a "charming native woodland wildflower suitable for growing in shade gardens over most of the U.S." Trillium blooms in April, which is the perfect warm weather announcement: Put your sweaters in the attic! Plant seeds! Shave your legs-- it's here!
Trillium, because of three leaves. I get that.
But "Bloody Butcher"?? There's a story behind that-- I'm going to find out what it is. . .as soon as I find a plant folklorist.
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