Saturday, April 20, 2013
These were collected by my father in the 1930s in Canada, close to where he grew up. They moved to Littleton Maine, then to Wiscasset, Brunswick, Freeport and on to Mansfield, Mass. Some have moved back to Maine in my sister's property as well. They last no time at all. The petals are quick to fall when the wind blows or they are touched, but while they are there, they are a brilliant white, and they spread readily, especially in woodsy soil. Available in a few catalogues. The leaves grow into big heart shapes for a long time, then they die to the ground in mid summer, until next year.
The roots were used medicinally by the indians and their scarlet juice was used as a dye.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Well, the stand you see here has been there since I moved here some ten years ago. In that time the stand has doubled. They spread by seed and it does produce plenty of it. It was in my grandmother's garden for sixty years and never seemed to be there in any overpowering quantity