Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We picked Carderock for a walk on the early side of spring wildflower season because the Potomac runs pretty much west-east there. At Carderock, the banks along the river face south -- giving them some extra sun exposure and warmth. Flowers come up noticeably earlier there.
Even within the Billy Goat C trail, there were noticeable differences -- the section to the east of where we parked was further along than the section to the west. In contrast, if you went over to Scott's Run, directly across the Potomac, the north-facing banks there won't have some of these flowers for a week or two yet.
Here's what we saw:
Golden ragwort (just starting)
Wild blue phlox (just starting)
Sending up leaves
Wild ramps/leeks (see our post on the flowers)
Early meadow rue
Trout lily (we saw some blooming after the walk!)
Pawpaw (see our post on the fruit)
And some invasive species
Garlic mustard is coming up
Lesser celandine is starting to flower
Bush honeysuckle is leafing out, before most native shrubs
It was an added treat for us to meet some Natural Capital readers! Carly and Art took lots more pictures, which you can see here. You can sign up for one of our upcoming walks here.