April began cold and snowy but quickly warmed up. The colt's foot and hepatica blooming in the first few days of the month. Soon after, with the abundant sunshine and warmer temperatures the grasses turned bright green, the trees began flowering, and the first of the spring wildflowers emerged from their winter slumber.
Mid month we had blooming hepatica, spring beauties, bloodroot, plantain-leaved sedge, and colt's foot; in bud still were dutchman's breeches, large trillium, two leaf toothwort, purple cress, and blue cohosh.
Mid-late April, all of those previously in bud opened into full bloom along with violets, dandelion, wild ginger, and trout lily. The maple trees have begun forming their 'helicopters' aka samaras.
Late in the month a cold front swings through from the 19th to 22nd. The cold and dark seemed to have complimented the flowers in full bloom, preserving and extending the viewing time!
By the end of the month the next round of bloomers are coming into bloom - bluets, kidney leaf buttercup, jack in the pulpit, white violets, rue anemone, pussy toes, creeping Charlie, yellow rocket cress.
Just outside of Wayne Co. in neighboring Ashland Co. things progress at a different rate, there you have blooming: common blue violets, spring beauties, blood root, swamp buttercup, yellow violet, purple rue anemone, lesser Celandine, Solomon seal, blue cohosh, cutler toothwort, wild ginger, trout lily, wood anemone, wild phlox, harbinger of spring (still in bloom!), gw trillium, drooping trillium (in bud, this is a species we don't have at all in Wayne Co.), hepatica, wild geranium, Perfoliate bellwort, dutchman's breeches, false mermaid, and dwarf ginseng! This is a really incredible area for observing wildflowers!!
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.