Waking Up

Monday, March 5 – took a quick walk on the Cabin John Trail. Most of the green forbs were aliens, though the new foliage of a few ephemerals was coming up.

There was one small clump of round-lobe hepatica (Anemone americana; Ranunculaceae) with a few buds opening. It’s early, but not too early, for this species to be flowering.

And a few clumps of Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica; Boraginaceae), one of which was starting to bloom. This is quite early, but with the ephemerals I often see one or two blooming on either end of the bell curve. Peak bloom for bluebells is probably at least three weeks away.


2 thoughts on “Waking Up

  1. I know this is irrelevant, but do you happen to know the species of the oak that dropped the leaf in the lower right corner of the picture of the Virginia bluebells? I know it is not a blackjack oak. It looks just like our valley oak, but is thousands of miles away.

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