Monday, March 15, 2010

March week 2

More and more things are starting to pop up—Yea! If you thought my previous declaration of spring was a bit premature, I don't think you can argue with me now.

Natives that were in bloom included:
red maple,
and liverwort.
And though red buckeye isn't in bloom, it's one of the first plants to leaf out.
Yellow was everywhere to be seen. For non-natives that included:
cornelian cherry,
and (as usual) witchhazel.Also to be seen:
winter honeysuckle,
star of Bethlehem,
and reticulated iris.
Weeds included tiny white-flowered chickweed,
and the much showier henbit.
And here are a couple of plants from this week last year from Sandy's Nursery in Mechanicsville:
and winterhazel.
I wonder if those two plants are in bloom now or if they've been delayed like everything else. You can find the rest of my March week 2 photos here.


Les said...

Did you go to Sandy's open house on Friday? Two of my co-workers were there, but I have yet to download details of their trip. I have always liked the little Henbit, but the Chickweed is indeed a scourge.

How It Grows said...

No, I didn't go this year. Maybe next year.

Phillip said...

Great photos!

Janet said...

Super photos. It was after seeing so many red maples in bloom that I decided to do it for next week's tree.
The henbit is in full bloom now...the ditches are full of purple everywhere I have gone the last few days. I like purple.

Todd Haiman said...

Living in Manhattan many of these species are but a week or two behind your blooming period. Really inspiring viewing these images...after the long winter.
Always appreciate your posts and comments on my blog.
Happy spring!

Jennifer G. Horn said...

gorgeous pics 0- what kind of camera do you use? I love winterhazel, it's such a nice buttery yellow, as opposed to the sulfurous hues you usually get this time of year.

How It Grows said...

Thanks, I use a Canon Rebel X-si, but only recently did I realize just how important the lenses are...

Marty Ross said...

Hi Phillip: Just arrived in Gloucester, to uproarious magnolia 'Leonard Messel' and M. stellata, also M. soulangeana having a lovely year on this side of the mighty York River. The sassafras are just coming into bloom. Daffodils, of course. What do you think of Cornus mas, I don't see it much but I'm thinking of planting some here. Thanks. M

How It Grows said...

I've seen a lot of cornus mas around here, but I don't know how easy it is to find in nurseries. It seems like I only notice it when it's in bloom, though it does have nice bark. I think the berries are edible as well.