Witch Hazel

The witch hazel is making its move from interesting winter flower to green shrub in the background.

The witch hazel is leafing out. Right now, the shrub looks like it is covered with little green vertically corrugated candles. Photographed on April 25, 2019.

The leaves remain deeply corrugated as they unfurl and reach full size.

Ginger, Wild Onions, Two Ferns, and a Sedge

What does this group have in common? They are green and native. Their contribution to the landscape from a human perspective is an eye-pleasing and calming bright green.

Are there any differences? Ginger, wild onions, and sedge are flowering plants that produce seeds, while ferns do not flower; they produce spores. For all practical purposes, there is no difference unless you are a big seed gatherer. Continue reading “Ginger, Wild Onions, Two Ferns, and a Sedge”

April Means Species Tulips

Species tulips seem to vary in their tastiness, at least according to the rabbits in my yard. The ends of the leaves to the right of the Tulipa persica flowers look like someone took an experimental nibble and decided against them.

Tulipa persica is coming into its own in its new sunnier spot. Photographed on April 25, 2019.

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Twinleaf Pops Into Action

Twinleaf just delights me, and this spring I caught them just as they broke dormancy. Like many other early spring flowers, the flower comes first, and leaves follow as the plants emerge from their capsules. Clearly, flowers are their first priority.

A wiggly row of twinleaf just breaking dormancy. Photographed on April 5, 2019.

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