Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring's Progress

Even though today is officially the first day of Spring, I’ve been watching it approach for a few weeks now. After the trout lilies bloomed in the backyard, it was the bloodroot, then the toothwort. The toad trillium have pushed up through the soil, with their no-neck flower buds still unopened. Mayapples have pushed through, and I notice that they have strayed into the path. The rue anemone are blooming, and the cinnamon fern is uncoiling—the tallest shoots are already close to 18 inches high, but it will be a week or more before the first frond opens to full size. The pointed tips of some of the hostas can be seen, too.

Along the wooded path at the side of the house, the fuzzy, silvery beginnings of leaves have appeared on the oak-leaf hydrangea, and the flower buds on the azaleas have begun to swell.

In the front yard, the plum trees are nearly done with blooming; the bush sour cherries are just beginning, and the blueberries are getting closer. The scallop-edged leaves of columbine are opening like flower-buds.

On the other side of the house, the bleeding-hearts are coming up, with flower stalks already visible.

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