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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Gardener of the Owl Valley

Dutchman's Breeches
Dicentra cucullaria

The Gardener of the Owl Valley is one of my most favorite places in East York, PA.  Since it is physically located down off of Owl Valley Road, one feels as if you are transposed to a time of singing birds, wildflowers, babbling creeks (Kreutz Creek) and simply, peace.  The land "has been preserved for the benefit of future generations through the Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County."
Wood poppy (yellow) and May Apples

Large-Flowered Bellwort 
Uvularia grandiflora

Shooting Star
Dodecatheon meadia

Saturday, BF, DD, and I went to the Garden...as spring is always spectacular in a woodland setting and the long awaited reopening had finally arrived.  The weather was absolutely stunning with temperatures requiring a light jacket.  No humidity.  No bugs.  Blue blue blue sky

Personal guided tours are available by request.  We have been many to the Garden many times and happily went off tromping down the paths.  

We saw 4 different kinds of trilliums, one remains un-named as it may be a cross-pollinated Trillium Erectum.
Trillium Grandiflorum

Red or Purple Trillium
or Stinking Benjamin
Trillium Erectum

Not known... maybe a cross-bred trillium??
Bloody Butcher
Trillium Recurvatum

Trillium Grandiflorum

Mother Nature was showing her finery everywhere!

Wild purple and white violets
Virginia bluebells
Mertensia virginica
Wood Poppy (yellow) and Foam Flower
Yellow trout lily 
Erythronium americanum
 Dwarf Jacob’s ladder
Polemonium reptan 

Spring Beauty
Claytonia virginica

Large-Flowered Bellwort 
Uvularia grandiflora

May Apple unfurling with fruit

If you had seen what damage Mother Nature can do after a flood, this is nothing short of miraculous!
For more information:
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