Spring is coming in fits and starts but mostly it’s coming too soon in southwestern Pennsylvania.
On Easter Day I took a walk at Cedar Creek Park in Westmoreland County and found native plants blooming two to three weeks ahead of schedule. No wonder! It was 75 degrees F.
At top, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) was already blooming. Some had gone to seed.
Spring beauties were everywhere. This Carolina spring beauty (Claytonia caroliniana) is identifiable by its wide leaves.
The steep hillside known for snow trillium (Trillium nivale) …
… was also hosting sharp-lobed hepatica (Hepatica nobilis var. acuta), some of which were past their prime.
Get outdoors as soon as you can! Spring could pass you by.
p.s. The Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania is already alert to this early growing season. They moved up their snow trillium outing from April 2 to March 20.
(photos by Kate St. John)