I was walking by the bank where we now get lady slippers on a regular, yearly basis when it occurred to me that I should look. WOW. I was impressed with myself. BANG. I saw them right away. I now know where they are real well.
I had expected them to be green & they were. I didn’t have my phone with me — yet again attesting my claim that my phone & I are not often together. So, I had to go back today to get these pictures.
One of the MANY JOYS of having this blog is that it is a permanent, indelible, pictorial day-by-day DIARY of my life — without any gaps. I just need to do the right search. BINGO. Last year’s corresponding post — 2-days later. WOW.
They are at their best. I also found two totally new plants — meaning in a place where I have never seen them before. About 1.5-miles away from ‘MY’ site. That was cool. Made me happy. Made me SMILE. I hope it makes you smile too. SMILE.
I gather they blossomed two-days ago, but today was the first time I saw them. The usual place, not very far from us. I typically go by there at least once a day — but often that is at 9:30pm at night when it is pitch black.
The Town (viz. ‘Alton‘) a couple of weeks ago totally cleared the bottom half of that slope of all vegetation. I wondered if they would harm some of the plants. They might have. But, they are above the law as far as I know when it comes to harming Lady Slippers. I guess they have to maintain the roads.
It was raining when I got to the Ladys this morning. The bank, freshly cleared was slippery and I am still nursing my recovering knee. So, I wasn’t too adventurous about scrambling up to snap more pictures. I will go back in a few days.
All of these are from within 1.6 miles of home. The bulk are from our yard. The lady slippers was from my ‘secret’ spot and I took that picture when walking the dogs. Four of the pictures, with the vast green fields are from a neighbors. I went to visit them. They had called and told me to come and take some pictures!
All these pictures were taken today, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — some in the morning, the others in the evening. Same place. A now heavily overgrown, and somewhat steep, West-facing bank about 200-yards from our house. I discovered that it is a haven for Lady Slippers a few years ago. So now I gingerly check every Spring. So the first signs about a week ago. Today they are at their peak. At least 7 or 8 flowers across multiple plants. There could be more. I don’t like to encroach.