Monthly Archives: April 2013

Rare Plum found at the PGT

Hortulan Plum, (Prunus hortulana) The rare Hortulan Plum is considered to be the most beautiful of all the American plums. It is now blooming in several upland locations at the PGT. Jeff Carstens who is working for the USDA in … Continue reading

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First Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I took Sam and Pete out for a walk and thought I’d bring my bird lens along just in case. I noticed the Flowering Quince was in bloom so I stopped to inspect. I noticed movement that I thought was … Continue reading

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So small you can miss it

Some of the early spring wildflowers are so small that they are easy to miss.  One that you can find forming carpets along the paths at the PGT now is Bluets (Houstonia caerulea).  The flower is no more than 10mm across. To … Continue reading

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The Green Haze

The woods are starting to get the “green haze.” That is a period of just a few weeks in Spring when the leaves start to emerge on the trees. It is also when the ephemeral spring wildflowers are at their … Continue reading

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Wildflower Walk Saturday June 1 at the PGT

Spring blooms have just begun but we’re already planning ahead for our annual wildflower walk in late spring. Expert botanists George and Kay Yatskievych will lead the walk on Saturday June 1, 2013. We’ll start about 9 a.m. at the … Continue reading

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Hepatica Blossoms

Liverwort, Hepatica nobilis On a day this perfect we had to take a picnic lunch. We walked into the eastern valley and saw many early spring flowers along the trail. I especially enjoyed seeing this heptatica. I had to get … Continue reading

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Leatherwood Blooms

Leatherwood, Dirca palustris Today for the first time I found Leatherwood in bloom. The tiny waxy blossoms are no more than a third of an inch long. There are two small leatherwood trees in Butternut Bottom near the indian rock … Continue reading

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Henbit – A Splash of Color

I snapped this picture today walking down to the mailbox to pick up our mail. The common name for this plant is Henbit. It is native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. Since the PGT is a native plant … Continue reading

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