Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Heat Wave Brings Forth the Blooms
Oh my! I was gone from home for just three days, but the flowers I found blooming today are about two weeks ahead of when they've bloomed in years past. I guess that shouldn't surprise me, considering that the weather has been unseasonably warm, with temperatures around 80 or higher for nearly a week. I walked through the Skidmore woods this afternoon expecting to maybe find Spicebush in bloom, but wonder of wonders, the Bloodroot was already blooming, too. And so were a few Trout Lilies.
With its tufts of bright yellow flowers, Spicebush is sometimes called Wild Forsythia.
I passed a patch of Wood Anemone not yet in bloom, but the pretty pink buds were just about to open.
I next drove a few miles north to the Orra Phelps Nature Preserve in Wilton, where I found the Plantain-leaved Sedge had sprouted its wild hair-do.
And American Fly Honeysuckle was dangling its twin yellow trumpets. This is one of our few native honeysuckles.
Studding the dark green moss along the bank of a stream were these vividly yellow Round-leaved Violets.
So the wildflower season has started in earnest. Maybe tomorrow I'll take my canoe to the river and look for Sweet Gale and Trailing Arbutus. It sure feels good to be back on my old stomping grounds, after three days downstate. Yes, it was great to see all my kids and grandkids, and yes, it was wonderful to visit New York, walking through Central Park with its beautiful gardens and flowering trees, and visiting both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. But I wonder what kind of oddball I am, that one of the highlights of my time away was finding a plain little alien weed in my daughter's front lawn.