The Mystery Flower of the Enchanted Wood

In front of the house, down over the hill

There’s a whole world all of it’s own.



A flower does bloom and the air is still

A flower whose name is not known.



I know what you think, I should know its name

As a million are blooming right here.



But I don’t know much, bluster’s my game

Nice photos, green thumb and good cheer.


Don’t worry about that, take a breath so deep

I promise I’d say if I could,



The name of the plant, a mystery to keep

In the light of the enchanted wood.





40 thoughts on “The Mystery Flower of the Enchanted Wood

    1. Thanks Annabel. I would say they are of medium height. 18 inches tall in general and straggling up to 2 feet. They bloom profusely in early and mid May. With the heavy rains yesterday, their bloom appears to be over for this year. They had a great year, showing up along the edges of woods throughout this area. Have a good day. 🙂

        1. Gabrielle (Urbig) from the University of Rhode Island Botanical Gardens identified it: Hydrophyllum canadense, Broad-leaved Waterleaf. Taaa daaa! 🙂

  1. Jim, your woods are indeed enchanted! So lovely!

    Here’s my best guess on the ID: Hydrophyllum canadense, Broad-leaved Waterleaf. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (wonderful book!) says:”White or purplish flowers in a loose cluster at the base of the maple-leaf-shaped upper leaf….protruding stamens……..Rich woods, W.New England to Michigan, south. Early Summer.”

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures ( #10 especially) to start my day!


    1. Ha! You nailed it Thanks Gabrielle. Now I know why you’re the one running the botanical gardens. #10 is my favorite too :). Have a great day!

    1. Thanks Julie. That’s the first I’ve shown of the little bottom land and the north side of the property. That pretty little flower sure made it sparkle this May. 🙂

    1. Thanks. It is a special place. A curious blend of open, sunny, purposeful gardens and natural woodland wildflower areas. Have a great day. Looks like Autumn is becoming quite advance for you and your garden. 🙂

  2. Tu deviens poète des images et tu sais dompter la lumière ! Tes photos sont de plus en plus belles et tes compositions d’une grande originalité ! je ne connaissais pas cette variété de fleurs, elle est d’une grande finesse. Bon W-E 🙂

    1. Merci beaucoup Christiane. Tu es très gentile. Mes photos et moi, nous domptons la lumière and capturons les fleurs. 🙂 C’est une grande aventure. 🙂

    1. Thanks Kim. It is my pleasure to share. And it is indeed our little slice of heaven on earth. Thanks for letting me share. 🙂

    1. Hi. Sorry for the delayed response. I’ve been quite distracted of late. But yes! It is beautiful and peaceful. And yes! There are birds lurking in the woods. I tend to watch the birds up the hill, closer to the house, but presence of such a lush woods supports the varied bird life. It’s fun. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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