She’s back! I found a pink lady’s slipper in bloom today. She was hiding under limbs of a drooping laurel.
Many years ago a friend spotted a number of these incredible flowers some distance up a slope from my house. I was thrilled when I saw them. Then I became somewhat complacent as I found more of them the next two years. Alas, they disappeared last year and the year before. I have been looking diligently again this year and found this one specimen.
Here’s a closer view of the slipper . . .
I bent down, “kissed” the flower, and inhaled. A fragrance – very slight at the moment – and definitely a nice smell. Isn’t she lovely?