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Old 05-06-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
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It's been a cold, wet, dreary spring here, but on Saturday it was finally merely cool and cloudy rather than cold and rainy. So I went exploring in a natural area just across the river in Thetford, Vermont. Most of the spring ephemerals were a few days behind schedule. Nothing was at peak yet other than the spring-beauties. (And my guess is hepatica is in peak wherever it grows - but there were none here.) But there were scattered individuals in bloom.


First, the spring beauties (Claytonia caroliniana):


Spring Ephemerals 2019-claytoniae-carolinianae.jpg


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Next, trout lily:


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Then, sessile bellwort:


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Finally, a single bloodroot was also in bloom, but it was hardly a scintillating specimen. There are large stands of it in a woods behind my apartment building.
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Nice selection amelanchier!
Can't wait for things to begin here
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Wow - ephemerals are pretty much done here. I already started gathering seeds of spring beauty. They're pretty easy to cultivate if you have a lot of patience. My technique is to plant the seeds in those clear plastic salad boxes with holes poked in the bottom for drainage. The lid keeps them moist all spring and winter, then they germinate easily the following spring. This technique works for bluebells, too.
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Wow - ephemerals are pretty much done here. I already started gathering seeds of spring beauty. They're pretty easy to cultivate if you have a lot of patience. My technique is to plant the seeds in those clear plastic salad boxes with holes poked in the bottom for drainage. The lid keeps them moist all spring and winter, then they germinate easily the following spring. This technique works for bluebells, too.

Good to know - I might have to try that someday if I ever find any on my property or a friend's.


This season truly is late. Hepatica at peak:


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Red trillium is on time, though - also at peak now. But several other species are quite late: wild ginger, doll's eyes, maidenhair fern, violets, foamflower, blue cohosh.
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Bishop's cap on a boulder:


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I also snapped a shot of walking fern on my phone, but it's not behaving itself at the moment. I think you can also see the pic here (not too great because of the flash): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24808523


It's critically imperiled in New Hampshire.
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Good to know - I might have to try that someday if I ever find any on my property or a friend's.


This season truly is late. Hepatica at peak:


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Your hepaticas appear different than ours. I don't recall ours having leaves up tight to the blossoms like yours have.
We are finally awakening. I see the bright yellows of the cowslips peeking out in the ditches
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Your hepaticas appear different than ours. I don't recall ours having leaves up tight to the blossoms like yours have.
We are finally awakening. I see the bright yellows of the cowslips peeking out in the ditches

Interesting. I never really noticed that about the leaves before. The largest leaves are down below, but you're right that there are some leaves that look almost like big sepals because of how close to the flowers they are.
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Great close up. I love hepatica.
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Lovely to see the ephemerals in their habitat.
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It's been a cold, wet, dreary spring here, but on Saturday it was finally merely cool and cloudy rather than cold and rainy. So I went exploring in a natural area just across the river in Thetford, Vermont. Most of the spring ephemerals were a few days behind schedule. Nothing was at peak yet other than the spring-beauties. (And my guess is hepatica is in peak wherever it grows - but there were none here.) But there were scattered individuals in bloom.


First, the spring beauties (Claytonia caroliniana):


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Next, trout lily:


Attachment 46293


Then, sessile bellwort:


Attachment 46294


Finally, a single bloodroot was also in bloom, but it was hardly a scintillating specimen. There are large stands of it in a woods behind my apartment building.
Love them all but spring beauty is one of my favorites! I finally got these established in my shade garden. Hubby thought I'd finally gone crazy when I got super excited to see them bloom this spring.
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