Beautiful. I love flowers that change their colour over time. (Leaves too. I’m still trying to track down a shrub my parents had when I was a child, that did that.) I keep coming across Trilliums online, not just in your photos (which are lovely). I wonder why?
I guess this is their blooming time wherever they grow. These are at the end of the line, and no new ones are blooming at the lower elevations. There are still new ones a few thousand feet higher up, where it is still very early in spring.
My father used to say that coincidences often came in threes for him. Coincidentally, the name trillium appears to come from the Swedish word trilling, meaning triplet, based on the fact that these plants have three leaves and three petals. And I’ll end this comment now that I have three sentences.
Our trilliums here at low elevations are through blooming already. Higher up, they are just starting, but wherever I’m seen them this year they have been smaller than usual. Yesterday I saw some at around 3500 feet and they were tiny. The ground surface still freezes at night there though.
That is a very interesting characteristic of those flowers. I think the same thing happens in our species too, as long as we let it, perhaps even more as because we also accumulate knowledge (and sometimes even wisdom).
When it comes to aging, I suspect these flowers would look better under a sharp fluorescent light than most of us! I do wonder now about our evening primrose. Their color range is so wide, and I’ve always assumed it was a matter of natural variation. Now I wonder if aging might have something to do with it, too. I suspect not, but it will be worth keeping an eye on the huge patches of primrose across the street from me – at least until the mowers show up.
It is indeed a special flower. This has not been a good year for them in this area though. They are plentiful but very small. Perhaps they will be better at the higher elevations as the snow clears up there.