Last week we reported that the Dutchman’s Breeches were very close to blooming. My wife and I didn’t want to miss that relatively brief bloom period, so we headed back down there today to check on them. I’ll let the picture below tell the story.
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- Virginia Bluebells are starting to bloom; peak is probably a week away.
- Blue Cohosh with lots of flower buds; really close.
- Hepatica are abundant, but starting their decline.
- Cutleaf Toothwort are abundant, but starting their decline.
- Carolina Spring Beauties are blooming quite profusely, probably at peak.
- Star Chickweed continuing to increase in number.
- Violets are coming into their own. While I didn’t see any Canada Violets, Viola sororia and Viola rostrata were common (at least up on the horse trail.) Also saw a number of Field Pansies (Viola bicolor.)
- The Trailing Trillium are everywhere, and we found a number with barely opened blossoms.
- We many Toadshade Trilliums starting form their flower buds.
- Many Bent White Trilliums with flower buds, some already bent over, and a couple with just a bit of white showing.
- Bloodroot are still blooming, but they’ll probably start declining in the next week.
- Spicebush is blooming.
- There were a few Bellwort blooming.
Aside from the Dutchman’s breeches, and the violets mentioned above, here’s what we added this week:
- A single Phacelia blooming along the horse trail.
- Several Bishop’s Cap – Mitella diphylla – blooming along the trail to the falls.
- Sedum ternatum are about to bloom in a number of areas, and my wife spotted a single plant will a fully open blossom along the horse trail.
- There were a few Wood Poppies just beginning to bloom – Stylophorum diphyllum.
- Several Heartleaf Foamflower are showing their flower buds, including the one that I reported a few weeks back. It had disappeared, probably due to some cold weather, but is back.
- We spotted a Cumberland Spurge unfolding its leaves with its cyathium starting to appear.
- Near the bottom of the horsetrail was a Virginia Pennywort – Obolaria virginica.