Dutchman’s Breeches Approach the End of the Season

It has reached 80°. Temperatures like this are rough on early spring flowers, especially the natives. Especially when it snowed at the beginning of the week.

It snowed fast and furiously Monday, but only stuck to plants. Photographed on April 18, 2022.

The Dutchman’s breeches made their appearance at the beginning of the month, before I had gotten around to raking up the leaves. I still haven’t gotten around to it, and I don’t think I will.


Dutchman’s breeches erupt quickly. Photographed on April 8, 2022.

By yesterday they were making quite a splash for such small plants. They are dwarfed by the twinleaf, which is also not tall.

The western edge of the swath of Dutchman’s breeches under the pawpaw. The red foliage beyond the Dutchman’s breeches is twinleaf. Photographed on April 22, 2022.

The Dutchman’s breeches were ready for their closeup yesterday.

Dutchman’s breeches, framed by late daffodil foliage. There are crocus leaves and daylilies behind them. Photographed on April 22, 2022.

Dutchman’s breeches are not useful as distracting early foliage; they will be long gone by the time the daffodil foliage needs camouflage. The foliage expires in the heat and the plants will go dormant until next April. If they make it through the weekend, they may make it through the week. It is supposed to cool down Monday.