Crow’s Nest: What a difference a week makes…

April 12, 2011

Last week the only things blooming here were red maples and quaking aspens. This week, too many to keep up with!

On Saturday the bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) was furled in the rain, then opened in the later sun. Spring beauties (Claytonia virginica) have started blooming here and there and soon will be open everywhere. The yellow-green flowers of spicebush (Lindera benzoin) are open, brightening the understory of the woods.

Mayapple leaves (Podophyllum peltatum) like toadstools are rising from the earth. I haven’t been to the parts of the deep woods where you can find hepatica; it has to be out or very close.