~ USA National Phenology network.
|First emerging Mayapple|
In the Woodland Wildflower Garden I discovered life was stirring already, perhaps three weeks earlier that I expected (although I have never kept written records). There were several signs of spring: Hepatica, Violets and Oconee Bells in flower. In front of Crucible, after a somewhat intense search, I discovered an emerging MayApple. I love this plant, just for the way it unfurls like a beautiful glossy green umbrella. I have never kept phenological records, but perhaps this might be an interesting and valuable project for Garden visitors. The US National Phenology Network is monitoring many species of plants and animals and would welcome the efforts of citizen scientists to gather data visit their website for more information.