Flowering Now: Erythronium revolutum

This wonderful moment in spring, when the sun shines and before the leaves appear on the trees, is the time when carpets of flowers appear on the woodland floor. In the UK, we look forward to delicately scented bluebells and virginal wood anemones, but on the west coast of North America, from Northern California to British Columbia, the moist forests are full of Erythronium revolutum, the mahogany fawn lily. With flowers like pink shooting stars hovering above prettily mottled leaves, erythroniums are wonderful little bulbs for deciduous woodland or lightly shaded stream-side gardens.

This photograph was taken at the weekend in the Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park.