Here’s a look at some of the native plants that are coming out around my house in the past few days.
The common blue violet, which I used to battle against until I learned that it was a native species, was popping up through my unmown lawn. Eastern columbine is about to bloom. This one is the result of self seeding. I also caught this sweetfern in bloom with the small red female flower below the male catkins. This little flower is really easy to miss.
In my ‘woodland’ garden there are a number of perennials returning. This garden is under a Norway Maple, so it is hardly a natural environment for these plants, but the ones that grow here are tough competitors.
Coming soon are the huckleberry and barren strawberry. I’ll get to those later.