Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)
Shooting star in the prairie (Dodecatheon meadia)
Fremont’s leather flower (Clematis fremontii)
Bird’s foot violet (Viola pedata pedata)
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea)
Hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canascens)
Bird’s foot violet) Viola pedata lineariloba
Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)
Liverleaf (Hepatica nobilis)
Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)
Dennis investigates a murder most fowl. We think perhaps a wood duck met its fate here, judging by the colors in the feathers.
On a mid-day walk on this 80-degree day I saw that the martins handily survived our cold spell last week and are busy building nests and catching insects.
Turtles were sunning
A very handsome snowy egret was wading and hunting
And so was an American egret
Hear a tree frog this morning- it’s 30 degrees outside! He must be singing to keep from freezing.
I noticed the purple martins are back and have set up housekeeping in their houses in Forest Park. I worry about the freeze this weekend- in the 20s tonight and tomorrow, and lows in the 30s next week. I hope there is enough sunshine and warmth during the days to get enough insect hatches so the martins can find something to eat. Would that I could manufacture a mess of flying insects for them.
We went to the arboretum to get a sense of what’s going on this slow spring. This morning it was sunny for awhile, then it got cold and cloudy, and now there is freezing rain. Friends are anxious for a full-blown spring and warm weather, but I am enjoying this slower unfolding. We did see many early spring flowers and foliage heralding flowers to come.
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
Wild geranium foliage (Geranium macalatum)
Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
Bud on unidentified bush, TBD
Prairie has had its annual burning
The pond in the prairie was full. A nice change from last time we were there, when it was almost totally dry. This last week, nothing but rain, must have done it.
The glade, too, has had its annual burning.
Shooting star foliage in the glade (Dodecatheon meadia)
Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)
Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)
Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) and Harbinger of Spring (Eregenia bulbosa)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis
Lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis)