River levels have been pretty high, and the vernal ponds are more full than I’ve seen them in several years, but I suspect the groundwater level is still pretty low. We need rain.
Or it may be that I need rain. With this compressed season, I’ve been out almost every day shooting, which means I have a backlog of several hundred photos to process and many ideas for blog posts to write. But those things won’t happen until the weather forces me to stay inside.
The initial tide of spring ephemerals is ebbing: while early saxifrage, golden ragwort, and toadshade are near their peak, Virginia bluebells, toothworts, Dutchman’s breeches and squirrel corn are all past theirs, and it looks like bloodroot, trout lily, and harbinger of spring are done. Round-lobe hepatica seems to be done near the Potomac, but is still going strong up at Rachel Carson Conservation Park.
And speaking of RCCP, pennywort is blooming there now, and the pinxter azaleas are well in bud.
The second wave of spring flowers is well under way in the greater Carderock area.
Recently I’ve spotted blue, yellow, and white violet species, sessile bellwort, yellow corydalis, azure bluets, and wild pinks.
Wild blue phlox is close to peak, and so is rue anemone.
Dwarf cinquefoil, plantain-leaved pussytoes, wild geranium, and jack-in-the-pulpit are blooming.
Trees are blooming, too. Redbud flowers are open, pawpaw buds are swelling.
Dogwood is just getting started.
Other species to watch for: early meadow rue, star chickweed, lyre-leaved rockcress, smooth rockcress…
…and always spring beauties.
Both the redbud and dogwood are blooming well now. I really like them because they were so difficult to grow in the Santa Clara Valley just a few miles away from here. (Redbud could grow well there, but often got sun scald if too exposed.) They really like the Santa Cruz Mountains.