I went out to one of my favorite wildflowers spots yesterday to see what is blooming. Usually by the third weekend of April I can find Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica), Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum),
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), Cut-leaved Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata), Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), and probably a few species blooming at this site. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is often done blooming by now.
So what did I find yesterday?
The only significant green is from Wild Leeks (Allium tricoccum).
|Wild Leek shoots - photo taken 18 APR 2013|
|Bloodroot, less than 1.5 inches tall|
There were also a few leaves from Spring Beauty and Yellow Trout Lily visible, but that was it as far as native wildflowers. I am going to another site today, but I expect more of the same. Spring seems to have been delayed by about a week.
I did see one other thing. My third snake of the year a small (1 foot long) garter snake.
|Garter Snake peering over downed branch.|