Crow’s Nest: What’s blooming?
By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager
I was at our Hildacy Preserve yesterday and found the season to be advanced compared to Crow’s Nest. We’re usually 5 – 10 days behind. At Crow’s Nest the red maples are blooming (above). On Friday I saw some bloodroot blooming here; that usually is our first widely visible spring ephemeral wildflower. But that means the round-lobed hepatica is also out; that requires more searching in our Deep Woods.
Of course skunk cabbage is still blooming but the foliage is now up in places. Alder catkins are dangling, though the pollen may not yet be releasing.
Things are ready to burst; the flowers will come fast now.