Natives in early Spring

April 8, 2021.  Mount Cuba, Delaware. 

A reserve of plants native to the Piedmont which stretches from Maine to Kentucky

Legacy of the du Pont Lammot Copelands




A pleasure to find again in Spring the pathways through Mt. Cuba.  Here the first flowers do not appear before the beginning of April: 

small flowers on the woodland floor.





The first native tree to bud: Red Bud





Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis)




On the lake


The black turtles sunning on a log




An iris whose new foliage is dark purple in Spring


Purple Flame ‘Blue Flag’ (Iris versicolor)



Ferns unfurling near the lake






Golden club, Floating Arum, Never-wets, Tawkin (Orontiun Aquaticum) 

The single living species in its genus, its name is what remains of a notion that there is a plant similar to it growing in the Orontes River as it flows north through Syria on its way to the Mediterranean Sea.




A bull frog entangled in Golden Club




Around the meadow garden


The meadow garden which we last saw in its late Autumn glory in November



in its Spring stripped-down colours




But, all around, tiny Spring flowers taking advantage of the sunlight

before the big, showy bushes leaf and flower to obscure the sunlight




Jacob’s-Ladder (Polemonium reptans)




Virginia Bluebell






Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)



Twin Leaf (Jeffersonia diphylla)





Celandine poppy






the first of the trilliums to flower


Red trillium (trillium erectum)



Quaker Ladies (Houstonia caeruleia) growing on moss



Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)





Foam flower (Tiarella)




Rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)