This past week was unseasonably warm…which maybe should have been alarming, but it was hard not to enjoy the sunny, bright days. I wanted to see which spring ephemerals were blooming early, and which are still waiting for the days to get longer. The answer was that a lot of ornamental species started blooming as soon as it started to get warm, but that a lot of the native spring ephemerals are waiting.
Come see some of the things I discovered on my explorations last week!
Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
Snowdrops (Galanthus sp)
Crocuses (Winter Aconite, Snowdrops, and Crocuses are my ornamental ephemeral trinity)
Don’t get me started on how cool witchhazels* are
Last year’s fruit
They were being pollinated by these beautiful** sarcophagid flies
I’m trying to like these guys
Ornamental paper birches
The ornamental Cornelian Cherry*** (Cornus mas)
Also fly pollinated
And other non natives are leafing out!
Hepatica was pretty much the only native flowering
This crazy honeysuckle…what are you doing honeysuckle?!?!
The first of the ornamental cherries on campus
This willow may not look like its about to flower, but that’s cause the female flowers are boring
Some fun fungi
Is this photo terrible? I kinda love it
These are kinda like flowers 😉
And a mayfly in March!
Bonus! When I’m walking past hollow logs I always like to flash my camera in there and see if there’s anything hiding inside and 99.9% of the time nothing is…but this time there was a fat chipmunk!
*Every time I say this, my friend says, “Which hazel?” and I fall for it Every. Single. Time.
**Really really ugly, sorry I tried
***Beats me as to why a dogwood is called a cherry