Painted trillium in the Spring, too many to have a favorite in Summer, and these in the Autumn. I always look forward to Greater Fringed Gentian-Gentianopsis crinita flowers. I checked on the ones I find in North Quabbin last weekend, only expecting to see some buds, and was surprised to find one plant with several opened blooms. Usually they don’t open fully until the sun has warmed them for a while but these were ahead of schedule. I found this one bloom that I could isolate against a pleasing background.
You might notice the tiny bit of white on the edges and what seems to be bites. I am not sure what is happening but noticed a lot of white at the tips of the unopened flowers and some brown spots as well. I think the brown spots end up crumbling rather than the gaps being bites.
Although we haven’t had much rain, this location still would appear to have enough moisture to keep them from drying out. I am not sure that’s what the cause is but seems a possibility. GoBotany says they sometimes have white blooms but nothing about variegation.
It also looks like mine at home are forming buds. That would be a real treat and if they flower I’ll be sure to share a shot or two. Finding in the wild is the best, but having your own yardies certainly is fun.