As the Birches and Oaks begin to bloom, we start to see more spring flowers. Along mile 3 and in Averill Preserve, the Pussy Toes have started to bloom. These mat forming colonies are enchanting and since the seed heads are as hairy as the flowers, they continue to live up to their name for several weeks.
At the Arbutus Bog, some of the Arbutus is beginning to make itself apparent among the prolific Winter Green foliage. The blueberries are blooming and the mats of Sphagnum moss are shiny and green. If you see Arbutus blooming, let us know. They are gone so quickly, they are easy to miss.
On mile 9 and 10 and again on mile 3, the pink/purple flowers of Fringed Polygala or Gaywings are appearing. Early Meadow Rue is making flower buds and Spring Beauties and Wild Ginger are carpeting many areas. In some cooler areas on mile 9, there are still isolated groups of Bloodroot blooming.
Most of the Dutchmen’s breeches are finished and the Wood Anemones are taking over the burden of carpets of bloom. These small white flowers create a carpet of white over green and purple whorled leaflets. They are so numerous in some areas that you miss the occasional Gaywing or other flower among them.
The Apple and Crabapple trees are spectacular now. The long racemes of Black Cherry flowers are starting to appear as the last blooms of the Serviceberry (Juneberry) drop.
More to come! This is the most exciting time of the bloom calendar!