What’s blooming this week? (May 12)

After a long, cold spring, temperatures suddenly shot up and things began to bloom like crazy in the past few days (including apples!).  An orchard grower mentioned to me that cool springs often result in a compressed flowering season when things finally do warm up, so we might see a very brief period of bloom.

I’ve been posting on what’s flowering throughout the season (last week’s post is here), and I should note that many of the things in previous posts are still flowering (with the exception of red maple, box elder, willow, trout lilies, and apricot).  So these posts only address things that JUST started flowering this week.

As a side note, I apologize if the quality of the photos is declining as the season progresses.  I’m running short of time and steam!

Apples (Malus domestica)

IMG_2001Crab Apples (Malus sp.)

IMG_1935Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus)

Chelidonium majus

Chelidonium majus

This plant is interesting because it has yellow sap

This plant is interesting because it has yellow sap

Bedstraw (Galium sp.)

Galium

Galium

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

This obnoxious weed is kinda pretty

This obnoxious weed is kinda pretty

You can make a pesto out of it too!

You can make a pesto out of it too!

Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaria)

Yellow Rocket

Yellow Rocket

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Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)

Shagbark hickory male catkins

Shagbark hickory male catkins forming

Bright green new leaves

Bright green new leaves

A personal favourite, Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Redbud is in the legume family

Redbud is in the legume family

So it has cute little pea flowers

So it has cute little pea flowers

Red oak species group (Quercus sp.)

Red oaks (and associated species) have pointy tips to the leaves

Red oaks (and associated species) have pointy tips to the leaves

This is what the oak catkins look like

This is what the oak catkins look like

White Oak species group (Quercus sp.)

White oaks and associated species have rounded tips to the leaves

White oaks and associated species have rounded tips to the leaves

They also started flowering this week

They also started flowering this week

Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)

Chestnut oak

Chestnut oak

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Lots of trees going for it this week...this is black walnut

Lots of trees going for it this week…this is black walnut

IMG_2087 IMG_2089I think this is Crataegus

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Small flower buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

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Ranunculus abortivus

Ranunculus abortivus

Kind of a cute little flower

Kind of a cute little flower

Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum)

IMG_1743 IMG_1746Redcurrant (Ribes rubrum)

Gotta remember to come back here when there are berries

Gotta remember to come back here when there are berries

Ribesrubrum3Hairy stem gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)

Hairy stem gooseberry

Hairy stem gooseberry

A close relative of the redcurrant

A close relative of the redcurrant

Ribeshirtellum4Lilac (Syringa vulagis) (NB: I found another Syringa species…it was an ornamental obviously, not sure of the species)

IMG_2090Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)

Red Elderberry

Red Elderberry

IMG_2066 IMG_2067Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Shepherd's purse has largely replaced Cardamine

Shepherd’s purse has largely replaced Cardamine

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