Spring is springing

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)
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Snowdrops (Galanthus sp)
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Crocuses (Winter Aconite, Snowdrops, and Crocuses are my ornamental ephemeral trinity)
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Don’t get me started on how cool witchhazels* are
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Ornamental witchhazel
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Last year’s fruit
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They were being pollinated by these beautiful** sarcophagid flies
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I’m trying to like these guys

Ornamental paper birches
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The ornamental Cornelian Cherry*** (Cornus mas)
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Also fly pollinated

And other non natives are leafing out!
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Hepatica was pretty much the only native flowering
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This crazy honeysuckle…what are you doing honeysuckle?!?!
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The first of the ornamental cherries on campus
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This willow may not look like its about to flower, but that’s cause the female flowers are boring
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Some fun fungi
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Is this photo terrible? I kinda love it
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These are kinda like flowers 😉

And a mayfly in March!
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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!
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*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

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8 thoughts on “Spring is springing

  1. Lovely spring photos. That red fungi grows just below us in a little wooded areas it’s called “Elf cup” here in Ireland which seems so appropriate:)

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