My adventures in wildflower propagation began on my knees, as so many garden tasks do.
It was decades ago; this old house was new to me then. I spied three small bits of green tucked just beneath the edge of the front porch and crawled down to investigate.
“Whoever you are, you cannot grow under there,” I thought (or more likely said aloud). Then, with a trowel, I lifted the strangers out.
Their liberation from life under the porch was courtesy of me and my trowel. How they got there? Probably the work of ants.
I was reminded of those trilliums recently, while reading “Florapedia: A Brief Compendium of Floral Lore,” the latest by the naturalist Carol Gracie. One entry in the little A-to-Z book, under “E,” is elaiosome: the lipid-rich structure attached to each trillium seed that is the prize ants seek, grabbing one to carry back to the nest, to feed to their developing broods.
A Way to Garden, and a book of the same name.
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