The Mayflower or Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens) was declared the provincial flower of Nova Scotia in 1901. It blossoms in early spring, most often in April despite its name. (At least in my part of the province.) After a long maritime winter these tiny delicate flowers are a sight for sore eyes. They must be sought out, as they hide shyly amid winter's leafy debris, and it can be a bit of a chore to gather a decent sized bouquet at a time when the earth is winter-wet from melting snow. But the effort is well worth it. The smallest bunch, left to warm on the kitchen table, will greet you in the morning with a heavenly scent. But do pick carefully, without disturbing the roots; better yet, clip their woody stems with garden shears to keep them healthy.
Someone should have told the road crew that shredded and mulched the roadside growth at my favourite spot this fall! The things we do in the name of "beautifying" for the tourists!
Other kits for nature lovers:
Angelica Fortress of Louisbourg
- Prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
- Finished size is approximate measurement of cross-stitch area.
- Fabric supplied with kit is sized to give a suitable allowance for working and for framing if applicable.
copyright 1999 Foxberry Cottage Crafts
74 x 68 stitches