I think spring IS finally here!
If you read my earlier post on Groundhogs day, I think
Long Island's Groundhog 'Chuck' had the winning prediction - spring is here!
My woodland path is beginning to wake up from this mild winter
and becoming alive with spring flowers! I get so excited each spring when I can finally go outside and be surprised each day by another emerging plant, or even better---a flower!
|Spring Beauties are ephemerals that bloom in the spring and then die back by the summer.|
Mine are in full bloom along my path. Sensitive to light conditions, Spring Beauties
will close up their flowers on a cloudy day and at night, then cheerfully open up
for you on a sunny day!
|These beautiful purple/blue Sharp Lobed Hepaticas |
and the white Round lobed Hepaticas (below) grow to about 4"-6" ht.
Butterflies, moths, bees, and beetles are some of the known pollinators.
|Our Tulip Tree that had been taken down.|
|Our newly mulched woodland path.|
| Glory of the Snow - Beautiful blue flowering spring bulbs that have naturalized |
through out my yard and woods. They create a beautiful blue carpet of flowers
right after my white Snowdrops are finished blooming.
| Winter Aconite - Cute little yellow flowers that grow 1-2".|
They are will die back once the tree canopy gets dense by late spring.
All parts of this plant are poisonous.
It has been a real labor of love! Not everyone weeds their woods (twice a year) so these native gems can grow and thrive! Most have been purchased from places that have propagated them from seed - and not collected from the wild. When starting these plants from seeds it can take YEARS before I will get a flower! But it is so worth it when I finally look down and see that very first bloom! There is just something so enchanting about a wildflower.....I've been in love with them since I was a child!