Much of the Killbuck Valley is carpeted with bright yellow Marsh Marigolds, and I found two small clumps in our swamp within site of the watercress patch, on the far side of some deep muck. Sticky, smelly, more-than-booth-high muck.
Mom has never documented Marsh (or perhaps more aptly Swamp) Marigolds before, and I don’t remember seeing them. Everything else blooming right now, in forest, field, and fen, is familiar. The shady east-facing slopes of our hollow are crawling with Spring Beauties, in various sizes and ranging from deep violet stripes to almost pure white. A lot of sunny spots also have Spring Beauty.
Rue Anemone (Anemonella thalictroides)
The east-facing face of our hollow, on the far side of the pond, is dominated by Rue Anemone, with surprisingly little overlap with the Beauties. Virtually all of the Anemone are white, but I found one plant that is more of a violet color.
Mom says that we have 3 different yellow violets. I found one example, and I’m putting it down as a Downy Yellow, although some Google searching indicates some controversy over popular and scientific names. It was near the waterfall and not far from the only White Trillium that seems to be blooming in the entire county. The rest of the Trillium just sprouted a couple of days ago.
I only found one Round-lobed Hepatica, but there are lots of Bloodroot, most of them apparently getting ready to bloom during the next several days.
The woodland flowers are in a race against time, trying to process as much sunlight as they can before the trees leaf out and shade them. There are just a few patches of Bluet in the woods, but so far, I don’t see any in the sunlight areas around the cabin. With more time to grow deep weedy roots, and long sturdy stems, the larger field flowers have just begun to poke their leaves above ground, but some of the smaller wildflowers are growing in the sunny spots.
Not really having a lawn to worry about, I consider Violets and Creeping Charlie (Gill-over-the-ground, a pervasive member of the mint family) as being flowers, not weeds. Arguably, some of the evasive European plants that have established themselves in the USA should be considered weeds.
Chickweed is starting to bloom, and we’ve already got a couple of those below-the-mower-height dandelions blooming next to the cabin.