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

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

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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

 

 

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Jacob’s-Ladder (Polemonium reptans)

 

 

Virginia Bluebell

 

 

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

 

 

Twin Leaf (Jeffersonia diphylla)

 

 

 

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Celandine poppy

 

 

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the first of the trilliums to flower

 

Red trillium (trillium erectum)

 

 

Quaker Ladies (Houstonia caeruleia) growing on moss

 

 

Bellwort (Uvularia perfoliata)

 

 

 

 

Foam flower (Tiarella)

 

 

 

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