Forget-me-not

A local arboretum had masses of this non-native wildflower in a few spots:

The masses of blue were irresistable. I learned a new word, calque, when I read about this flower. The name forget-me-not is calqued (translated word-for-word) from the German Vergissmeinnicht. The English name has been around since the 1400s.  Vergissmeinnicht is also the name of a few German lieder, including one by Schubert.

Bluebells

A bunch of Mertensia virginica:

The full cast of spring wildflowers is on stage – bluebells, several species of trillium, phlox (Phlox divaricata), more spring beauty (Claytonia), foamflower.

Another bouquet

A selection from the many flowers I’ve been seeing:

These are from a week or so back. The Pink cuckoo flower is in the mustard family, I think Cardamine pratensis. Dandelions are such a brilliant yellow.
This week I got out butterflying, and saw more Spring Azure than I wanted to count, Eastern Pine Elfin, and Eastern Comma, among others. All uncooperative for the photographer, but a wonder to see.

Spring beauty

A spring wildflower I saw today:

The botanical name is Claytonia virginica. Pretty, but tricky to photograph, it’s hard to find a good group of them for an image. Lots in bloom today, Mertensia virginica, Wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), no white or painted trillium yet.

A bouquet of bloodroot

Many wildflowers have been slow to open fully, but bloodroot has continued to bloom profusely:

The last of the these to bloom are the many-petaled double form and the bloodroot relative twinleaf.

The lacy center

A flower I found at an arboretum, not a wildflower:

The petal color is rich and vivid, but the bright center – a bit of floating lace on the pistil – was what attracted me. The anthers curl and shed pollen as they mature.

A group of bloodroot

Last week bloodroot started blooming at one place I visit, and I found a vertical grouping for this image:

Most of them weren’t open. Today, bloodroot carpeted the forest floor, all fully open, but many flowers were starting to fade. Bluebells, most trillium species, and wood poppy are on the way.

Willow catkins

Taken in the rain last week:

My idea was to visit a big shrubby willow that had catkins a week or so before. I was hoping that the anthers would be out and covered with drops. Most of the catkins had opened, but the rain had turned them into matted clusters, like wet hair. I tried photographing them, but the sodden clusters of anthers didn’t show the drops or the anthers well. Then I found this branch and took a series for a stacked image.

Spring frost

Frost on a curled leaf on a chilly morning a few days ago:

Despite this frost, flowers are blooming – I found bloodroot blooming yesterday, a couple of weeks earlier than last year.

Moss capsules

A bunch of moss capsules:

I’ve been finding other types of moss in addition to this species, but the feathery projections at the end of the capsules make this one a favorite.