It was 72 degrees F and mostly cloudy at 6:45 this morning, pavement and greenery still wet with recent rain.
It would be a quick trip this morning on Discovery II to Japan House garden, where I hoped there would be bottle gentians.
On the way my attention was arrested by large white mushrooms, roughly in a ring.
Did not plan to stop on the path to Japan House, but the helebores, up since at least early February, were so astonishingly vigorous-looking, with their shiny green leaves and their flower-like remains of flowers, I couldn’t resist a photo.
Then to the side of the pond, where I was greeted by an abundance of great blue Lobelia, the blue first cousins of cardinal flowers!
Made sure to get close-ups of the complex flowers.
There also was an abundance of bottle gentian!
Some of the plants looked stressed
But there were a lot of them
and it seemed to be fairly early in their bloom.
Got a view of a clump of sneezeweed near the pond’s edge.
Heard and saw a lot of geese overhead
Stayed just a short time, enjoying the hint of topographic relief
and proceeded on with the day.