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Early Spring Flowers

After a long and colorless winter, everyone welcomes that moment when first colors appear on the still brown-gray ground. It usually comes in early March.

The first messengers of Spring are crocuses.
They come in all colors.
In groups or in singles.
Most of them grow along the gazebo path.
But with a bit of luck you can find them deeper in the woods as well.
A week or two after crocuses, the first pileworts show up…
…followed by Spring beauties
…and common blue violet.
On a plateau between the bridges, you can often find all of them.
By the end of March, the violets are plentiful…
…the Spring beauties are dime a dozen…
…and pileworts have taken over the lower part of the Pavilion Meadow.
But do not dilly-dally, the yellow spectacle last only about 2 weeks.
In early April, you can admire the less ubiquitous star chickweed.
Most of them grow near the Fern Cove.
(about 100 yards upstream from the Lot Bridge)
Relatively rare Spring flower – yellow trout lily
(late March / early April)
When you walk from the Gazebo Bridge to the Theater in the Woods,
they will be on your left about 50 yards before the theater.
One of the late bloomers is the Star of Bethlehem.
It blooms towards the end of April or in early May.
The epicenter of explosion for this invasive species is the Fern Cove,
By the time you see the common buttercup, the early blooming season is over
and the stage is set for late Spring and early Summer flora.

— honza —

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