Sunday, April 10, 2011

Early Harbingers of Spring

The weather forecast for tonight, April 10th, is 29 degrees.  Still not frost free weather!  But a few hardy natives are parading their colors.  Our first bloomer is the wild plum, Prunus americana.  The first picture is a pull back shot followed by a close up.





The next picture is the closely related Choke Cherry, Prunus virginiana.  We have several groves of these Choke Cherries on our farm, forming thickets in several areas with the small trees reaching 12 to 15 feet in height.



By the motor bridge across the acequia, we found this fragrant Golden Currant in bloom.  This is 
Ribes aureum, which produces delicious orange to black currants in summer.



The next pictures were taken along the side of our entrance drive.  The stakes are for the grapes that are taking their time to leaf out.  There is an overall shot and then a close up.  My first reaction was that these attractive flowers were Verbena, but wait, this is only April, can't be that.  Maybe a Phlox?  If any of you recognize this showy flower, please post a comment, so we can all know.  Thanks.




1 comment:

  1. My guess is prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glandularia

    http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/vrb/glandularia_bipinnatifida.htm

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