|One of my favorites, the Common blue violet, viola sororia, often seen along roadsides (a fall leaf above center shows scale).|
We had such a strange, warm winter that I suppose it makes sense that we have had a very early spring. The redbud came out a month early and peaked in a day, it seemed, in the recent warm spell––in cooler weather, they will last for several weeks. My peach tree bloomed a month ago (so I'm not expecting peaches to sustain through any cold snaps, but you never know), the forsythia is almost spent and the Bradford pear trees, always the first bloomer, have come and gone. I saw a full bush of blooming lilacs further down the ridge today (easily three weeks early here). Our peonies have even budded and have ants crawling on the now tight, round future blossoms. A gardener in nearby Casey County is already picking asparagus and has noticed both blooms and green fruit on her strawberries!
|The elusive Yellow Trout Lily (Dogtooth Violet, or Erythronium Americanum).|
It was growing in a small clump of other emergent ones in a loamy creek side area.
The Trout Lily can apparently grow in established clumps over 300 years old.
|A creekside bank covered with Dutchman's Breeches |
with Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox Divaricata).
|Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra Cuculleria, are surely related to the Bleeding Heart.|
|A Kentucky woman carrying a bouquet of flowers.|
© Wallace Kirkland, November 1954.
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