The woodlands bloom in spring, too.

Anemone
Anemone

There are many spring “weeds” that thrive in the first rays of the returning sun, but in the woods plants are blooming as well.  Many are tiny, delicate and short-lived flowers (like wood anemones) that are often overlooked.  Others have been hybridized and cultivated from their wild cousins to join the garden (like lenten rose), and still others are invasives that have escaped from the garden trade to displace native life (like Oregon Grape).

The woods right now are more alive than you’d think, particularly in moist bottomlands.  If you have a chance, get out for a slow stroll or vigorous hike — whichever suits your style — and enjoy these treats while they last.

Lenten rose
Lenten rose
Hepatica sp.
Hepatica sp.
Bear's Foot (Helleborus foetidus) - non-native
Bear’s Foot (Helleborus foetidus) – non-native
Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea)
Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea)
Oregon Grape (Mahonia sp.)
Oregon Grape (Mahonia sp.)
Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.)
Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.)