It is Spring, and everything is blooming a bit early this year. I’ve noticed several species blooming a few weeks before they normally do (even in rural areas away from the urban heat island). Anywho, I visited the Missouri Botanical Garden with my wife this weekend and walked around the native landscaping section. Not everything is up and blooming yet, but I found several neat ones. Blooming now: Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), Dogwood (Cornus florida), as well as the bluebells and other woodland ephemerals I also saw at Shaw Nature Reserve.
This is the trunk of a Redbud with Bluebells and False Rue Anemones in the background. As I said in my last photo post, native landscaping has various rewards. One reward is seeing more pollinating fauna like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Another reward is this overall pleasant Spring spectacle.