Spring On Pause + Spring Forward

Crocus in Shadyside garden, Pittsburgh, 9 March 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

11 March 2023

After a very warm February, with some days reaching 20° to 26°F above normal, the weather returned to expected March temperatures this week and our Too Early Spring hit the Pause Button.

The city’s Urban Heat Island still prompted non-native ornamental plants to bloom including crocuses above and forsythia below.

Forsythia in bloom, 4 March 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

Garlic mustard came up in Schenley Park.

Garlic mustard, 5 March 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

Native trees, like this sycamore in Schenley Park, waited for warmer weather while non-native willows turned yellow such as the willows at bottom right (perhaps Salix babylonica).

A shadow of the Panther Hollow Bridge bisects this view of a sycamore in Schenley Park (photo by Kate St. John)

But there are better things to look at. Last Sunday the Botanical Society visited the Otto and Magdelen Ackerman Reserve in Westmoreland County where we found yellow corydalis (Corydalis flavula) poking up among the fallen leaves. No flowers yet.

Leaves of yellow corydalis, Ackerman Reserve, 4 March 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

Plus two impressive fungi on fallen trees.

Armallaria formerly hidden under bark, Ackerman Reserve, 4 March 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)
Are these turkey tails? Ackerman Reserve, 4 March 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

By the way, don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins tonight in most of the U.S. It’s time to Spring Forward.

(photos by Kate St. John, .gif from Wikimedia Commons)

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