I wish this kid could have met my Girl Scout leader, Mrs. Taft. Not only did she love taking us outside into the woods behind our school, she was also the librarian. Does it get much better than that?
Mayapples remind me of her. They are the first wild plant that I learned by name and I learned from our walks in the woods with Mrs. Taft. Before I was even old enough for Girl Scouts. Things I remember… her husband retired from the Navy, they had a lot of kids and their youngest daughter was just enough older than me that I looked up to her, she drove a VW Van, lived in a converted school house, and loved to tell us stories about her family’s adventures courtesy of the U.S. Navy.
We’ve lived in Southern Kentucky for 10 1/2 years and I *just* realized that the mayapples bloom in APRIL here!