How many times have you walked by the Tin Barn and missed seeing this beautiful heart? I have been told that this was probably made by Frank Duveneck in the forge. Next time you are by the barn, check it out!
The Giant Trillium (Trillium chloropetalum) is one of my favorite early spring flowers. A member of the lily family, the trillium has the characteristic trinity of three outer petals, three inner petals, and a three-part stigma; the presence of six stamens helps differentiate it from members of the iris family.
Our Giant Trilliums at Hidden Villa greet me like an old friend, blooming in the same locations every year. Giant Trilliums are also very rare and are almost impossible to find in a home garden, requiring precise growing conditions and taking up to seven years to bloom from seed. Considering its seasonal rarity, the trillium provides me with an annual reminder to appreciate our native woodland’s precious and sometimes fragile beauty – an organism that our wild lands nurture better than my fellow human cultivators.
Come out to Hidden Villa and see if you can catch a glimpse of these specials flowers for yourselves. Please also remember that it is illegal to pick these wildflowers. We want everyone to get a chance to share in their reunion or discovery!
Miner’s lettuce, also called spring beauty, winter pursuant or Indian lettuce, is one of the first spring greens to emerge at Hidden Villa. They are tender, succulent and reminiscent of spinach, with have a wild flavor, that’s not too overpowering.
If you’ve been outside at Hidden Villa lately, you may have noticed that our resident blue herons have come back. We usually have two so we’ll hope to see his/her counterpart soon! The farm seems to be their spring vacation home.
You don't need a calendar here to know what month it is! Just look outside your window and you know it’s February if you see the blue herons.
Happy Holidays from Hidden Villa!
The native birds are enjoying the season, feasting on the persimmon trees in the education garden. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season as well. Thank you for supporting my picture blog. It’s been a real delight to capture the beauty of Hidden Villa.
Bird Pictured: Townsend's Warbler (黄眉林莺)