Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wintergreen

I am fascinated by the green colors of the winter forest. Among the predominant browns and grays, these fragile plants glow like emeralds tossed on a rock pile. Hepatica, Allegheny Spurge, and Christmas Fern are among the gems in our hollow, and they will remain green throughout the winter. They are wintergreen, and they speak to me of perseverance and hope.

Hepatica acutiloba (Sharp-Lobed Hepatica)
Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)

Allegheny Spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)
Allegheny Spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

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