A walk through Braddock’s Trail Park on the first Saturday of “wildflower season” provided a look at some early bloomers and a preview of things to come! Unfortunately, the Saturday, April 9th walk was cancelled due to some unusually cold weather. Many wildflowers have begun flowering ahead of schedule because of some warm days in late March:
- Harbinger of Spring is done flowering, one of our earliest.
- Hepatica is on its way out. With the cold weather recently, it may be lost until next season.
- The most impressive Virginia Bluebell are starting to flower. Catch them while you can!
- Dutchman’s Breeches will be out in full force soon.
- The park’s huge population of Blue-eyed Mary is flowering ahead of schedule. They’ll soon blanket most of the area.
- May Apple, Trillium, Bloodroot, Solomon’s Seal, and Trout Lilly are probably a week or two away from flowering.
- Growing, but far from blooming are Waterleaf, Stinging Nettle, and Jewelweed.
- The “fraternal twins” Coltsfoot and Dandelion are around. As we know, Dandelion will outlast his brother into the summer.
- Self-Heal and Ground Ivy can be found in grassy areas near the parking lot in abundance.
Special thanks to Dr. Jack Boylan for these notes.
Our April 16th walk will prove to be an exciting one, and many have already signed up. See you on the trail!