Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vernal Equinox

Today is the Vernal Equinox, the beginning of a whole new season of possibilities. The weather was beautiful, so I spent several hours rambling through the woods enjoying the wildflowers.

I saw at least 13 different species beginning to bloom. Unless noted, the following were seen in full bloom: Harbinger-of-Spring, Bird's-eye Speedwell, Purple Dead Nettle, Sweet Betsy Trillium (sepals still closed over bloom), Cutleaf Toothwort, Virginia Spring Beauty, Allegheny Spurge (only saw one in bloom), False Rue Anenome (only a few beginning to bloom), Bloodroot, Daffodil, Dandelion, Dutchman's Breeches (blooms beginning to form), Sharp-Lobed Hepatica.

Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa)
Harbinger-of-Spring (Erigenia bulbosa)

Allegheny Spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)
Allegheny Spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)

Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

False Rue Anenome (Enemion biternatum)
False Rue Anenome (Enemion biternatum)
— This was the only one blooming in a very large population —


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)



Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

Feral Daffodil
Feral Daffodil

Feral Daffodil
Feral Daffodil

Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
— Just coming up. Flowers just beginning to form. —


Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)
Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)

Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)
Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)

Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)
Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)


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