Spring is in full swing and I’m struggling to keep up with all the flowers of all shapes and sizes. I have had to avoid mowing some in the grass, I have literally crawled through the dirt to get the angle I wanted and I have researched and researched to identify a couple.
April 25-May: Violets of all colors and sizes are blanketing several of my gardens and low-lying areas.
April 29: Garlic Mustard – The small white flowers on this invasive plant may not be showy but provide a valuable early season source of nectar for pollinators of all kinds. When I took this picture there were at least 5 different bees, wasps and flies all buzzing from flower to flower.
April 29: Wild Plum or American Plum – We have a small grove of plum trees near one of our ponds. These flowers will produce purple thumb-sized plums later in summer that I will use for jams and jellies. When the trees were in full bloom the buzz of pollinating bees could be heard several feet from the trees.
April 29: Archangel – for some reason the previous homeowners planted this species. I guess it makes a good ground cover and has reasonable flowers but anywhere but a garden I would call this invasive as it spreads, quickly.
April 29: TULIPS!! This is a big deal for our house. The previous two years the very concentrated deer population mowed down our tulips well before they ever bloomed. This year I was diligent with the egg spray and the deer didn’t even touch them.
April 30: Paper Birch: This is one of the last catkin-bearing trees to bloom in my yard. To get this shot I had to jump up and pull down a branch. I am holding the branch down with my left hand while taking the photo with my right. Sometimes the story behind the photo is not clearly illustrated!
Up Next: May Flowers!!