20170420-29 Trailing Arbutus, Early Saxifrage, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Carolina Spring Beauties

Spring ephemerals started to blossom in the third week of April, a few days later than their bloom start last year.  Andy Fyon has put together a very well illustrated brochure of Spring Flowers in the Sudbury-Killarney area.

The following photos are in chronological order but some plants are more advanced than others because of their location.  The micro-climate of the plants is significant.

I love the Botanical name for this elusive flower … Epigaea repens  (epi = upon; gaea = Mother earth; repens= creeping, crawling)  It appears as soon as the snow melts and usually flowers  within a few days of being exposed to sunlight.  That gaea (gaia) is the same spirit used in the Gaia Hypothesis.

Emergent blossoms

Bloodroot, with their leaves still furled around the flower.

furled flower:

Early Saxifrage about to blossom…

Trailing Arbutus mixed in with sphagnum moss and wintergreen (with the dark shiny leaf)

Typical habitat  … and friends.

Bloodroot a couple days later than the photo above.

Marsh Marigold just after emerging in this little stream.

Dutchman’s breeches.

This Blue Cohosh is adjacent to a clump of Ramp, Dutchman’s Breeches, Wake Robin, and Jack in a Pulpit underneath a grove of old Sugar Maples in deep soil.  It is not common around here.

More Trailing Arbutus in it usual setting …

First Trout Lilies along Jamot Lumber Road …

Carolina Spring Beauties ….

Note the wide leaves:

Bloodroot a few days later …

Pollinators doing their thing …

Another pollinator on the approach path.

More bloodroot maturing each day…

In a few days this Coltsfoot cluster on Harris Lake Road will be  in full flower…

…. as  will the blossoms on this  Fly Honeysuckle

And in a week or two we’ll be busy keeping up with other spring wildflowers.  An exciting time as the insectivores will also  begin arriving in large numbers to glean the deciduous trees of their critters that emerge as the leaves open from their buds.