Report On Spring Ephemerals
Spring Ephemerals I Anticipated Observing
In my March 5th post, I provided information about spring ephemerals, the early wildflowers which bloom before trees leaf out. I anticipated that in mid-April to early May, I would observe bloodroot, bluet, round lobed hepatica, spring beauty, and trout lily, as well as trillium, blue cohosh, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and rue anemone.
Spring Ephemerals I Actually Saw
Bloodroot- I initially saw scores of bloodroot leaves, already unfurled. I assumed they had not yet flowered. Finally I realized that the flowering stem had already flowered and fruited. With careful looking, I saw flowers on a few occasions.
Bluet-This flower did not disappoint. I saw carpets of bluet.
Round-lobed hepatica- This flower was last bloom and fruit, but I found it’s leaves a few times.
Spring beauty- I rarely saw this flower, which was surprising.
Trout lily- I observed trout lily leaves frequently and the flowers less often.
Trillium-I saw large white trillium, a yellow variety, a pink variety, wake robin, painted trillium, red trillium, and bashful trillium.
Blue cohosh-I saw several times, but not as often as I expected.
Jack-in-the-pulpit-I saw several times but not as often as expected.
Other Early Season Flowers
One reader commented to my March post that I would see chickweed. Yes, the woods were carpeted with them.
I saw three types of Lilies-White Clintonia frequently seen; Bluebead Lily (yellow flower) rarely seen; and European wild lily of the valley frequently seen.
I saw three kinds of orchids: pink lady’s slipper, yellow lady’s slipper, and showy orchis.
Other flowers I frequently observed blooming included dwarf crested iris, pictured at the top of the post, mayapple, Canada lousewort, Canada mayflower, Solomon’s plume, Solomon’s seal, foam flower, various violets, Canada lousewort, toothwort, cucumber root, stonecrop sedum, early saxifrage, pink lady’s slipper, wild geranium, and the list goes on.
The Summer Flowers Are Blooming
Mountain Laurel has been in bloom for quite a while, as well as flame azalea. Catawba rhododendron is intermittently in bloom.
Two beautiful summer flowers are fire pink and Bowman’s root. There are so many others!
The haze from the wildfires in Canada drifted to the area south Pearisburg, VA, a couple of days ago. After a rainy night, I first assumed I was simply seeing early morning fog. Then I realized the gray was from the wildfires. So far, it has not affected the air quality much. I hope the fires are contained soon.
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