Welcome Spring 2015!

Spring is here, finally, and as if someone switched on a lightbulb after a long night’s sleep, the parade of spring ephemerals has quickly begun in our Appalachian woodlands. The first coltsfoot flowers were just peaking out last weekend, and today the bloodroot in my yard has already gone to seed. Run, don’t walk, to your favorite park or forest haunt and watch as the earth takes her first deep breaths and stretches out once more. It is good for your soul, and you know it.  So, get out, get out, get out!

Here’s what’s blooming in my Southwest Virginia backyard (April 12).  Keep in mind that if you live at a higher or lower elevation, you may be seeing these flowers a few weeks ahead or behind of the dates I have noted on these posts.

1. Coltsfoot
2. Bloodroot
3. Twin Leaf
4. Dutchman’s Breeches
5. Virginia Heartleaf 
6. Skunk Cabbage
7. Trout Lily
8. Cutleaf Toothwort
9. Wood Poppy
10. Spring Beauties
11. Hepatica
12. Rue Anemone
12. Virginia Bluebells
13. Yellow Corydalis
14. Wood Anemone
15. Red Trillium
16. White Trillium
17. Morels
18. Oyster Mushrooms

And here are today’s pictures–glorious bloodroot and twin leaf steal the limelight today! They will surely be the first to fade.

Click on a photo to open the slideshow.

Twin Leaf
Twin Leaf

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Martha says:

    Amazing! And you honor the plants so with such beautiful photography! I enjoy all your efforts very much. Heartfeld thanks, Martha Baskin

    1. gloria says:

      Thank you, Martha! I really do enjoy all of it! Thanks for following!

  2. Nanijo says:

    Lovely, lovely! Can’t wait till we see more coming up here!

  3. Rosalyn says:

    Any idea where I can find a field of wild flowers.

  4. Julie @ FuninFairfaxVA says:

    This is a beautiful site full of great info. We linked to it from our article about Spring Wildflowers in Northern VA and would love your help identifying a couple of the flowers we’re still stumped about. Here’s a link to the article with the mystery flowers: http://www.funinfairfaxva.com/spring-wildflowers-in-northern-virginia/

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