Apr. 14, 2021

Search "spring ephemerals" and the first item tells us they're plants that bloom, fruit, and disappear in the spring, before the trees leaf out. That enables access to more sunlight. Then the next item gave ten examples of ephemerals, including hepatica, which we see here. Hepatica blooms very early, and is a very popular flower for wildflower enthusiasts after their long winter drought. But it turns out to be just about evergreen. In mild seasons or sheltered spots you can find hepatica leaves at just about any time. "Spring ephemeral" has become as ephemeral as linguistic precision. It now applies to just about all species that bloom before tree leaves appear. So the bottom line? Opportunity is ephemeral. You should be out the in the woods now!

Apr. 13, 2021
Apr. 12, 2021

These were the objective on that spring outing three days ago. I had seen them the day before while I was driving by in the rain.

Apr. 11, 2021

I can never decide who's common name to use. Adder's-tongue, trout-lily, dog-tooth-violet, or fawn-lily? Guess it depends where you're from or which you heard first? But after all this time I'm just confused. Delighted with them the other day, but confused.

Apr. 10, 2021

It is so great to look back at yesterday, and it was spring! Here's looking back at yesterday's spring beauty.