Second day of spring

The redbuds (Cercis canadensis) seem to be on schedule for their bloom time. The buds have been this way for about a week.

03222018 redbud 1

03222018 redbud 2

The sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is budding and is just waiting for a nudge of heat to burst forth in green flame. Note the corky “wings” flaring out from the non-budding part of the branch.

03222018 sweetgum bud

A member of the blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) aggregate, this thorny wild blackberry is a tenacious sign that life finds a way.

032202018 wild blackberry

Woodland plants.

I’m working on documenting the plants that persist or pop up in the wooded ravine east of the garden. I’m sticking with plants that I believe to be native for now, but I also see value in recording non-natives.

Cranefly orchid. Thrives in medium-mesic to dry-mesic moisture regime.

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Does anybody know what this is?

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Another unknown.

03222018 spring plant

I felt that this was a member of the mint family almost immediately after spotting it. It has a bergamot-like odor, with undertones of oregano, faintly spicy-sweet.

032202018 spring plant record1

Carolina lupine, bush pea, Aaron’s rod, or just Thermopsis (Thermopsis villosa formerly caroliniana), this is one of my favorites. We’ll see if these emerging apical meristems (point of stem growth) will survive any future harsh weather.

03222018 thermopsis

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