Great article - thanks for writing it! I recently moved to a property with some timber on it and went for a walk yesterday and saw (and photographed) some wildflowers. I had no idea what they were and posted them on the Plant ID forum. One of them was a trout lily! Guess I just needed to wait a day! This will help me as the season goes on to identify others that I see. I also saw woodland phlox yesterday - pale purple. Very pretty flowers. All of these things are new to me!
I'm glad you all liked the article. I remember the first spring that I really got to go through the woods over the month of May. I was astonished at what I found. It was the spur to my love affair with native and wild flowers. And while logging and gas well drilling have taken a toll on our woods (not of our making), the flowers, having had several years to recuperate, are coming back quite nicely.
That happens for us here in 9a the last week of Feb and continues now in March. Wild Strawberry is first in January, then Oxalis, then the ten-petal anemone, Later will be the woods violet. Thanks so much for the walk in the woods. Im a city mouse now and I miss walking in the woods just behing my house. I keep all the ephemerals that volunteer on my property like the ones above. They put on a show and then just disappear leaving the stage to the perennials. So well mannered and beautiful.